The federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold five public scoping hearings this week on the proposed coal-hauling Tongue River Railroad
in southeastern Montana. STB will be deciding what issues to consider in the Environmental Review.
The Northern Plains Resource Council issued a press release stating that they oppose the railroad.
“Farmers, ranchers, Native peoples, and landowners along the route are organizing to stop this ill-conceived project that would turn the agricultural Tongue River Valley into an industrial corridor -- all for the sake of shipping Montana coal to China and other Asian markets. The Northern Plains Resource Council has successfully fought this railroad for 30 years,” states the release.
Hearings will be held in Lame Deer, Forsyth, Ashland, and Miles City, beginning today through Nov. 15. This is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to make their views on these trains known. The hearings are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at each site. They are:
Nov. 12: Lame Deer at the Charging Horse Casino, Bingo Hall, one-half mile east on Lame Deer Highway 212.
Nov. 13: Forsyth at Haugo Center at River View Villa on Rosebud Street. Take Exit 95.
Nov. 14: Ashland at the St. Labre Indian School auditorium, 1000 Tongue River Road.
Nov. 15: Miles City at the Elks Lodge, 619 Pleasant St.
Nov. 16: Lame Deer, Chief Little Wolf Capital Building, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Chambers, 600 S. Main Cheyenne Avenue.