How the Northwest Ports May Affect the Shipping of Coal

A look down the railway between 1st and 5th Street in Sheridan.
A look down the railway between 1st and 5th Street in Sheridan.

Tuesday, we told you about how the ever-growing demand for coal in Asia is certain to have an effect on transporting the mineral from the Powder River Basin to the West Coast.

Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender explains how the ports on the west coast could impact how coal is transported as production and demand increases in the future.

Stender describes what type of scenario that would create for the Sheridan community.

Stender said that moving forward with a route optimization feasibility study would also depend a lot on the coal market, and that despite the issue being discussed as far back the late 1960's, would be about a 2 to 4 year event if a study were to happen.

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