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Protest Against Coal Terminal in Washington

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The protestors are traveling from Billings to Spokane today to attend the second of five hearings about a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington.  The hearings are in front of the Army Corps of Engineering. And council members say they are upset no Montana representatives were invited to the hearing.

Tongue River Rancher, Mark Fix says, "The commodities don't get to the ports by osmosis. They start from the Powder River Basin and they're proposing the new Otter Creek Coal Mine down by where I live and they've been planning to build a new Tongue River Railroad for years and years and we're tying to stop that."

Advocates of coal mining in the Powder River Basin say it creates good paying jobs for Montanans.  They say it also brings in millions of dollars of revenue that are in turn put back into community infrastructure and local economies

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