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BNSF's Matt Rose named to ACCCE Board
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 announced the election of BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matthew K. Rose ACCCE's next chairman. James (Jim) J.…
Is coal on a comeback?
With utility losses stabilizing and global demand still strong, carloads are edging upward.
STB reacts to coal-shipper beef with BNSF
The Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to "require BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to submit to the Board a coal-specific service recovery plan, and for…
Vancouver port OKs coal transfer facility
In the ongoing juggling of transport logistics affecting fossil fuels throughout western North America, British Columbia's Port Metro Vancouver on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, approved a new rail-to-barge coal transfer…
Oregon rejects coal export terminal plan
Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, denied a permit for construction of a coal export project on the Columbia River to bolster international coal export.
Midyear Report: Riding a tide of prosperity
With traffic in most commodities on an upswing and capital investment at record levels, the railroads are on track for another prosperous year.
U.S. EIA: Rail still rules domestic coal delivery
U.S. coal use for electricity generation may be declining, and U.S. freight railroads may be delivering less coal as a result. But rail still is by far the modal choice…
AAR: U.S. freight traffic rallies as February ends
U.S. freight rail traffic was mixed over the 28 days of February, but advanced in the final days of the month included in the latest tally offered by the Association…
U.S. freight traffic rallies in latest week
Reversing course from last week's declines, both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume gained ground during the week ending Feb. 22, 2014, measured against the comparable week in…
STB backs BNSF on coal dust issue
The Surface Transportation Board Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 said BNSF Railway has performed due diligence in minimizing or mitigating the generation of coal dust during rail movements, turning aside complaints…
AAR: Freight traffic up in latest week, month
U.S. freight traffic continued gaining ground in the week ending Nov. 2, 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Nov. 7, capping significant and sustained gains registered during the…
California clout heralds coal’s ultimate decline
Depending on your energy viewpoint, credit California—or blame it—for coal's very uncertain future as a primary energy source, or even the primary freight volume mainstay.
NS surpasses “pier without peer” coal record
Norfolk Southern said Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 it had again notched a new record for coal transloading at its Pier 6 at Lambert Point facility in Norfolk, Va., loading a…
Norfolk Southern sets port coal-loading record
Norfolk Southern says it loaded a record amount of coal into a single ocean-going vessel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Pier 6 at Lamberts Point, Port of Hampton Roads,…
Army Corps won’t expand export coal review
Testifying Tuesday, June 18, 2013 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official said the agency would not expand its environmental review of coal being…
AAR pans STB review of coal rail rates
The Association of American Railroads Wednesday took issue with a decision by the Surface Transportation Board, issued Tuesday, "not to factor into their review of coal rail rates product and…
Guest Editorial: Flood-proofing; coal’s future
To the Editor: I wanted to provide a few comments on your December 2012 edition, from my perspective as a civil engineer with over three decades of experience designing infrastructure…
BNSF CEO sees record 2013 capex
BNSF Railway CEO Matt Rose says his railroad set a company record for capital investment in 2012, but expects to exceed that level in the coming year. BNSF has yet…
CP scraps PRB buildout, will take 4Q write-down
When Canadian Pacific acquired the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern railroad in 2007, it also acquired the option to build a 260-mile extension of DM&E’s network into Powder River Basin coal…
NS marks Norfolk export coal facility upgrade
Norfolk Southern said Thursday it has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transload facility in its hometown of Norfolk, Va., positioning the Class I to remain the largest…
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