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Posted inEnergy Report, Power to the People

Railroad wins in coal dust-up

Before you roll your eyes thinking this is another ploy by environmentalists to poke Big Coal in the eye, consider this; Suppressing coal dust from loaded trains is a matter of national security.

In 2005, back-to-back derailments in the southern Powder River Basin temporarily cut more than 20 million tons of expected deliveries, throwing utilities into a panic as their stockpiles shrank to a little more than a week’s supply in some cases.