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Coal trains have been involved in at least 5 wrecks this summer, causing damage and heartbreak around the country. (Photo: Ray Steup)

Two More Coal Train Wrecks — The Epidemic Continues

7/17/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A slew of coal train derailments has put the industry on edge, but are they helping to cause the very problem that plagues them?

Coal spills out of a derailed train in Mesa, Washington. The crash sent 31 cars off the tracks and kicked off a bad week for the coal and railroad industries. (Photo courtesy of Tony Eveland)

Coal Train Derailments Lead to Tragedy

7/5/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

At least one bystander was killed during a week of havoc: Three coal train derailments in four days, with more on the way if Big Coal’s export plans go through.

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Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train Has Hauled It Away…

6/27/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

This week, Peabody Energy—the world’s biggest coal company—will be hauling away a massive taxpayer subsidy when they secure the rights to mine the North Porcupine Coal Tract in the Powder River Basin from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This …

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Montana economic report pushes Big Coal’s agenda; ignores environmental, social and taxpayer costs

6/14/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) released a study of the potential economic impacts of developing the Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana entitled, “The Impact of Otter Creek Coal Development on the Montana Economy.” …

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Protecting the cultural and historic values of the Powder River Basin

6/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

  Yesterday, in the beautiful Rosebud valley in southeastern Montana, hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor an important and sacred place, Deer Medicine Rocks, as a National Historic Landmark. Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, ranchers, historians, and others came to this …

The coal industry's latest plans put iconic species like steelhead in harm's way (photo: Nils Rinaldi)

Coal Exports Through the Pacific Northwest—Get Ready for a Fight

6/11/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

A fight has begun over the future of the Pacific Northwest’s air, water and wildlife protections. On one side: the coal industry, which stands to make millions in profits. On the other: fish, wildlife, and communities from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast and beyond.

Wanapum dam and reservoir on the Columbia near Vantage, WA (Photo by Bryn Fluharty)

Coal Exports Compromise the Clean History of the Pacific Northwest

6/11/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

The wind whips around me as I gaze out at the Columbia River from high atop a bluff. The setting sun illuminates the red rock walls that soar up from the river in a soft red light. The air is …

An Orca breaches near Washington State's San Juan Islands (photo: TheGirlsNY/flickr.com)

Protect the Northwest’s Endangered Orcas from Dirty Coal

1/27/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Coal exports threaten the health of people and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Speak up now to protect Orcas and other endangered species.

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Even Snowmen Say: Stop Global Warming!

12/19/2011 // By Patricia Tillmann

I found these delightful holiday towels last season and wanted to share them with you. Have you found similar holiday decorations? If so, post a picture to our Facebook site! If not, try these! Seeing items like this in everyday …

This Coal-Train is no Jazz Saxophonist

9/23/2011 // By Patricia Tillmann

Coal is a dirty business. This was made abundantly clear to me just last week as I was enjoying the view from my living room window. I was startled to see a very long coal train winding its way north …

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