Northern Cheyenne officials reject coal railroad plans

Eric Shew News

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council voiced unanimous opposition Monday to the controversial Tongue River Railroad, considered crucial to developing Otter Creek coal in southeast Montana.

The council, citing concerns about damage to tribal culture and the environment, voted 9-0 to oppose the $403 million railroad proposed by partners Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Arch Coal, and candy bar magnate Forrest Mars, who owns a ranch in the area. The railroad would open southeast Montana to large-scale coal surface mining, with Asia being a potential market.

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