Calls for opening of Millennium Bulk Terminal
U.S. SENATE — Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Congress to take action to stop the abuse of power by Washington State who is blocking the building of the Millennium Bulk Terminal and stopping coal from Montana’s Crow tribe from getting to market.
“Montana is a net energy exporter – that means we need to have the ability to transmit, ship, and pipe our energy to and through other states,” said Daines. “Liberal legislatures in Washington State should not have the power to block the creation of high-paying Montana jobs and clean coal from the Crow Tribe from getting to our allies in Japan and the Asia Pacific.”
Currently, there is a large demand in Asia for Montana’s clean coal. However, Washington State has blocked the Millennium Bulk Terminal, which is the point of access for Montana coal to make its way to Asia.
Opening the terminal would allow coal from Montana’s Decker Mine, Spring Creek Mine and the Crow’s Big Metal Project to have access to Asian markets. An operating terminal would create an estimated 300 to 400 high-paying mining jobs – most of them in Montana.