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.).
- On November 25, 2015, the Tongue River Railroad Company filed a petition with the Board to hold the proceeding in abeyance. To view the petition, click here. The environmental review for this project is on hold until the Board issues a decision.
- In addition, on November 25, 2015, the Tongue River Railroad Company filed a petition with the Board to stay current filing deadlines related to the transportation merits of the case. To view the petition, click here. On December 3, 2015, the Board issued a decision to grant the stay of deadlines and requested comments on the petition to hold the proceeding in abeyance by December 15, 2015. To view the Board's decision, click here.