The plant would be the only one of its kind in the country if approved, and it needs exemption from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act -- the law that protects the quality of drinking water -- to go forward.
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On Nov. 14, the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will review Linc Energy’s application for a “state research and development” license to drill thousands of feet into Wyoming’s portion of the Powder River Basin.
As coal use declines in the U.S. and companies look to export it overseas, communities across the west are becoming increasingly concerned about what the rise in coal trains means for their way of life.