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Beyond Coal hosts Cheney meeting on coal and oil trains


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

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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