On October 16, 2012, Tongue River Railroad Company, Inc. (TRRC) filed a revised application with the Surface Transportation Board (Board). TRRC intended to construct and operate an approximately 83-mile rail line between Miles City, Montana, and two ending points, one near the site of the previously planned Montco mine near Ashland, Montana, and another at the proposed Otter Creek mine in the Otter Creek area east of Ashland, Montana.
On December 17, 2012, TRRC filed a supplemental application with the Board, in which TRRC changed its preferred alignment from the 83-mile Tongue River Alternative to the 42-mile rail line between Colstrip, Montana and the Ashland and Otter Creek areas of Montana. TRRC's preferred Colstrip Alternative would generally parallel Greenleaf Road (S-447). Because the construction and operation of this project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts, the Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq.).
- OEA has issued a notice extending the public comment period for a second time. The extended public comment period will now end on September 23, 2015. To view the Board's decision, click here. Comments on this Draft EIS must be received or postmarked by September 23, 2015.
- To submit an electronic comment on the Draft EIS, click here. To view the comments on the Draft EIS that have been received and posted to date, click here.
- The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for public review and comment on this website here, as well as on the Board's website here.