Court battle seen over Black Hills rail
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At least one environmental group is pledging a lawsuit if a proposed extension of a railroad through the Black Hills is approved by the federal government.

Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) wants to put down almost 300 miles of new track from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Powder River Basin coal mines of Wyoming. The company also wants to rebuild nearly 600 miles of existing track in South Dakota and Minnesota.

To do that, the company doesn't want to agree to certain bypasses in South Dakota. But the Sierra Club in the state says it will file a lawsuit if the company can't come to a compromise.

A coalition of Indian activists and non-Indian ranchers opposes the expansion.

Get the Story:
Bypasses, western route tie up coal train proposal (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 11/1)

More on the Expansion:
PUBLIC NOTICE: Release of Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Meetings and Public Comment Period Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad’s (DM&E) Proposed Powder River Basin Expansion Project

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