If big coal companies get their way, up to fifteen 1.5 mile-long coal trains could soon be roaring through Bozeman each day on the way to Oregon and Washington ports where the coal will be shipped to Asia, leaving a trail of traffic congestion, toxic coal dust and dangerous diesel exhaust in their wake.
Dozens of cities, counties and elected officials in Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have come out in opposition to increasing coal exports — but Bozeman hasn’t weighed in yet.
Now the Bozeman City Commission is considering calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a comprehensive study of the impacts of radically increased rail traffic, and a vote on the resolution is expected soon.
Tell the Bozeman City Commission: Protect local residents from dirty coal exports.
In addition to the toxic coal dust and harmful diesel emissions from increased coal train traffic, ramping up coal exports in the region would cause a host of other problems in Bozeman, like frequent traffic delays at railway crossings, noise pollution, and decreased property values.
At a City Commission hearing on Monday, July 9th, members of the commission expressed concerns about increased rail traffic but stopped short of taking any formal action. Mayor Becker indicated that the City Commission will decide whether or not to call for a comprehensive study of local impacts at an upcoming commission meeting.
In recent weeks, both Helena and Missoula have passed similar resolutions, expressing concerns about the environmental and public health threats associated with increased coal trains and calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a thorough study of the impacts. If Bozeman joins them, it will be a powerful statement against coal exports.
Take a stand against increased coal train traffic! Tell the Bozeman City Commission: Protect local residents from dirty coal exports.