Wyoming coal mines trying to keep up with railroads exports

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming coal mines are trying to keep up with the railroads in shipping coal to power plants across the United States, an executive with coal producer Arch Coal Inc. said.

“A couple of years ago, we would’ve probably complained loudly about them, but today they’re doing a pretty good job both east and west,” Steven F. Leer, chairman and chief executive officer of St. Louis-based Arch, said in a recent interview. “Right now, I would suggest the coal industry is trying to keep up with them. Two years ago they were trying to keep up with us.”
Coal mined in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana is hauled by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

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