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Dec
03

Canadian Pacific Nixing Powder River Plan

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Canadian Pacific Railway says it will “defer indefinitely” plans to extend its South Dakota-based Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad network into the Powder River Basin to ship Wyoming coal to eastern power plants.  The C-P says that it’s mothballing the 260-mile extension because of a weak demand for coal.  The D-M-and-E won federal approval in 2002 for the extension and to run coal trains along it’s existing line. There was talk at one time of more  than 30 coal trains a day travelling at high speed through Brookings. There were even discussions of running a railroad bypass around the town.  There was opposition to the plan in Brookings; western South Dakota; Rochester, Minnesota, and Wyoming. Brookings Mayor Tim Reed…

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The city added gates at the railroad crossing on Main Avenue and has been looking to upgrade the city’s other crossings…

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Scott Munsterman was on the Brookings City Council and Mayor during many of the negotiations with the D-M-and-E.  He says a lot of work was doneon this issue…

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  He says this was a very difficult issue for the city…

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Railroads have been dealing with weaker coal demand and here’s also speculation that any new regulations to limit greenhouse gases would make coal even less attractive.
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