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US Gulf Coast expanding coal export facilities

The region is benefiting from cheap coal prices and environmental opposition to building terminals in the West Coast

A conveyor system used to transport coal at the Impala Terminals Burnside LLC facility in Darrow, Louisiana. Impala has earmarked US$150 million to install rail capacity as demand grows.


WHEN it comes to exporting American coal, the West Coast's loss is the Gulf Coast's gain.

While environmental opposition has stymied plans to build terminals in California and the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River town of Darrow, Louisiana, has a new US$300 million