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Bull Mountain Coal to construct rail line in Montana

During the next 90 days, Bull Mountain Coal Properties Inc. (BMCP) will begin building a rail line in Grandview, Mont., between a new mine and a BNSF Railway Co. mainline.

The company recently obtained necessary rights of way and financing for the line, and received a 150 million-ton mine permit. BMCP plans to mine 12 million tons of coal underground and 4 million tons of coal from the surface annually.

Earlier this year, the company entered into a joint venture with Genesee & Wyoming Inc. to build and operate the line, which will be completed about 15 months after construction begins.

“We will now finalize our existing financing proposals, sales orders and equipment purchases so both the rail line and underground mine will be in full operation well before the end of next year,” said BMCP Chairman Dort Cameron in a prepared statement.

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