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Saturday, April 27, 2013

In the Northwest, rising coal exports to Asia stir huge fight

A BNSF train 125 cars longis loaded earlier this month at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana for a run through Washington state to British Columbia. The coal will be shipped to power plants in the Far East. Energy-poor South Korea, Japan and Taiwan use Montana coal.