Wyoming coal to Asia draws hopes, opposition

Allison Roberts News

“Wyoming producers are increasingly hoping Asia’s booming demand for Powder River Basin coal will cover a slide in domestic need. But there’s a problem. The West Coast, home to few port facilities capable of shipping coal, is choking sales to Asia….

Opposition to the coal shipments is rising on a number of fronts, even as the ink dries on agreements and port paperwork. Local, regional and national environmental groups are in the thick of the fight against the terminals and additional rail traffic, claiming the ports and the rail transport and use of the coal will clog traffic and pollute local water and air, while damaging the global environment.”

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