Rochester, Minn – A federal appeals court says it won't consider any further legal challenges to the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad expansion project into Wyoming.
The court in St. Louis has denied petitions seeking a rehearing of the case to overturn federal approval of the project.
That means the court's ruling issued last October second stands. That order upheld some of the most critical parts of the Surface Transportation Board's 2002 decision, which authorized the project and rejected Rochester's request for a 34-mile bypass around the city.
The D-M-and-E's proposal calls for rebuilding 600 miles of track and extending the line 260 miles into Wyoming coal country. The railroad would use the line to haul coal and other commodities to Midwestern markets.