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Dirty Trails:
The Destructive Path of Exporting US Coal

Coal anywhere harms communities everywhere. This map notes the points where major infrastructure development is necessary to export millions of tons of US coal every year, most likely to be burned in Asian coal plants. Click on the symbols to learn more about a coal mine, rail line, or coal export terminal proposed near you.

Coal Anywhere Harms Communities Everywhere

New mines in the Powder River Basin and elsewhere would worsen the assault on communities' land and groundwater- jeopardizing both sportsmen's opportunities and rancher's livelihoods in Montana and Wyoming.

An influx of coal trains in communities along rail lines would bring choking diesel emissions, coal dust, noise, and threats to public safety. Many rail lines are already congested, and coal would crowd out other uses for rail lines, such as passenger transportation or agriculture.

Coal terminals at ports would also harm fish and other marine resources, and would damage waterfront economic development opportunities due to coal dust and plummeting property values.

Finally, when the coal is burned abroad, it still poisons communities in the U.S. when the pollution travels back across the Pacific, where it poisons our air and water. When coal is burned anywhere, it worsens climate disruption and damages communities across the globe.

Notice: This map been created to give a more comprehensive representation of the connections between the proposed ports, coal mines, and railway systems that would potentially support coal exports to Asia from the West Coast.

The map is based on the work being performed by various environmental and non-profit organizations. Although extreme care was used during the compilation of this map and memorandum to ensure accuracy, due to constantly changing data and the need to rely on outside sources of information, the Sierra Club cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions, and, therefore, there are no warranties which accompany this material.

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