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Railroad To Nowhere

You know what would really help the endangered sturgeon in the Miles City hatchery? Maybe if we ran a railroad throught the hatchery!  How dumb can you get? The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission will vote on July 9 whether or not to allow an easement for the railroad across hatchery property.  The federal Surface Transportation Board has already voted to authorize the railroad to cross the property so the commission vote may be a formality. The commissioners are already waffling. If you don’t think that a railroad through hatchery property is a bad thing, I suggest you take a short walk along any RR right of way near you. You will see coal, oil and other garbage scattered all along the tracks. The easement is even admitting that it will cause problems. “Commitments from Tongue River include not storing railroad cars on hatchery grounds; providing FWP with final engineering plans and with construction timelines for advance review; and a pledge to clean up without delay any railroad spills affecting the hatchery.”

The Tongue River Railroad is a road without a purpose. Building the railroad is predicated on the opening of the Otter Creek coal tracts. That hasn’t happened yet and while it is probably likely to come to fruition, there is no guarantee. So, why build a railroad that has nothing to haul? Because they can, that’s why. Drop a polite line to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and let them know that our fish have enough problems without having to deal with coal dust in the raceways and mile-long trains rattling by several times a day. Nobody but the coal companies want this thing to happen and as of now, there is no need for this railroad.

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  1. […] action items, folks: Button Valley Bugle reports that FWP is considering allowing the proposed Tongue River Railroad run right through the Miles […]

  2. […] action items, folks: Button Valley Bugle reports that FWP is considering allowing the proposed Tongue River Railroad run right through the Miles […]

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