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CPR claim seeks full freight-bill payment from coal shipper

Canadian Pacific Railway recently filed a claim against Elk Valley Coal Partnership seeking $14.2 million in freight-rail charges pursuant to a coal transportation contract that expires March 31, 2007.

CPR officials claim the shipper hasn't paid all charges for moving coal from Elk Valley's mines in southeastern British Columbia to Vancouver-area ports through the end of June. However, the Class I won't discontinue service to Elk Valley mines while trying to resolve the dispute, CPR officials said in a prepared statement.

Owned by Fording Canadian Coal Trust and Teck Cominco Ltd., Elk Valley is a leading metallurgical coal exporter.

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