The results, according to company officials, will include both increased royalties for the tribe, coupled with increased mine employment opportunities. Westmoreland’s rail line investment, said company officials, has already resulted in several new accounts, including a test burn and spot sales to a new utility plant customer.

“The new rail line opens up Westmoreland’s sales opportunities, allowing us to capitalize on our geographically advantaged position in the North Powder River Basin,” said CEO Robert P. King. “Our team has worked very hard in concert with the Crow Tribe to make the western connection a reality.”