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Article: UM Report says Otter Creek Coal Mine Would Bring $200 Million Impact - Billings Gazette

Jun 14th, 2012

HELENA — The proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana, once operating, would create a $200-million-a-year positive economic impact for the state, says a report released this week by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research.

The report, paid for by the Montana Contractors Association, says the giant mining project south of Miles City also would create 2,600 jobs during its construction phase and 1,740 permanent jobs once the mine is operating.

“As a result of Otter Creek coal development, the state economy is significantly larger, more prosperous and more populous than would otherwise be the case,” the report said.

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