Exporting Powder River Basin Coal: Risks and Costs

Allison Roberts

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Create DateNovember 11, 2011
Last UpdatedSeptember 24, 2015

This white paper by the Western Organization of Resource Councils provides an in-depth analysis of proposals to export Powder River Basin coal to Pacific Rim nations. The report looks at issues related to tripling of train traffic across the northern tier and Pacific Northwest states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. It also details the true costs of coal exports, near mining, transportation and ports, borne by neighboring citizens and businesses. Updated and revised, September 2011.