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Opponents in Border County Aim to Stop Coal Rail Plan

Opponents in Border County Aim to Stop Coal Rail Plan
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:21am

If members of the Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association live by the adage that when it rains it pours, in their eyes the next set of thunderstorms could come in the form of rail cars loaded with low-grade coal running through the border county.

The group has spearheaded a fight against a company whose Mexican investors and American subsidiaries want to mine about 6,300 acres of land for low-quality coal within the county. That company is now seeking permission to build a rail line to transport the coal from Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

Critics, including local residents, say that dust from the coal and discharge from the planned mine would pollute the air and water systems, and that blasting at the mine could lead to property damage and loss...

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