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Opinion: Exporting Montana Coal Would Aid Rural Schools - Billings Gazette

Aug 24th, 2012

The future of Montana schools, especially those in rural communities, depends on the development of our state’s abundant coal reserves.

All Montanans deserve to prosper from the overseas demand for coal, which is a reliable and affordable source of fuel for electric generation.

A recent study by The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, commissioned by the Montana Contractors Association, estimates development of Otter Creek would create 2,648 jobs during the peak year of the construction. As the mine begins operations, it would create an estimated 1,740 new permanent year-round jobs and increase Montana household income by $125.4 million per year. These jobs include increased rail operations across the state.

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