Another Delay For The Tongue River Railroad
I know. I know. It's hard to call this news since the Tongue River Railroad seems to always be in a perpetual state of delay. But today, representatives from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced on the monthly Section 106 Consultation call that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Tongue River Railroad won't be out until sometime around April 2015. This is a significant change from the original projection that they would have the document completed by late summer or early fall of 2014. The eight month delay comes on the heels of the announcement from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MTDEQ) that the DEIS for the proposed Otter Creek coal mine is now delayed until at least February of 2015, pushed back from an original projected date of September 2013. I also think it is important to remind folks that the proposed Tongue River Railroad and the proposed Otter Creek coal mine still do not have permits to construct or operate from any government agency. And now, a pretty picture of the Otter Creek Valley, just because.