April 10, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 51

Beyond Coal hosts Cheney meeting on coal and oil trains

The issue of increased coal - and now oil - train traffic through Cheney is back.

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Paul Delaney
Over 40 trains, like this one at the Mullinix Road crossing, pass through Cheney daily, including 1-2 oil trains and 4-plus coal trains. If estimates are correct, by 2023 there could be over 80 coal and oil trains rumbling through the city daily.

The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign is holding a public meeting Wednesday morning, April 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to present new information on coal and oil traffic through the region. The meeting takes place at the Cheney Library's resource room, and features Terry Whiteside, one of the author's of a 2012 report, "Heavy Traffic Ahead," detailing the impacts increased coal shipments from Montana's Powder River Basin will have on four Pacific Northwest states.

Whiteside, who has over 30 years experi...

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