Rail Expansion Clears Another Hurdle

Laramie, Wy – A federal agency is recommending that no
further steps need to be taken to deal with noise and pollution issues associated with a railroad's multi billion dollar expansion project into Wyoming.
The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad wants to extend its
line to Powder River Basin coal fields and upgrade its existing line in South Dakota and Minnesota to haul coal eastward.
A federal appeals court in 2003 upheld most of the federal Surface Transportation Board's decision to approve the project.
But the court told the board to take a second look at a few environmental issues.
The board's Section of Environmental Analysis Friday issued a draft study that finds no additional steps need to be
taken to alleviate noise and vibration along the rail line.
It also says the project will not significantly effect air
quality.