The National Wildlife Federation released a report criticizing the Powder River Basin's increased coal train traffic, alleging the concerns of pollution and noise caused by the trains outweighs the beneficial economic productivity.
Felice (fuh-leese) Stadler, NWF energy campaign director, is concerned because coal companies have been seeking to ship more coal to the west coast for export to Asia.
A media release from the Wyoming News Service mentions that one of the groups spearheading the protest for coal expansion is the Powder River Basin Resource Council. They're calling for federal environmental reviews before export terminals are established.
U.S. demand for coal has been falling, which means coal companies will become increasingly dependent on their ability to export their product for revenue.