Posted on August 27th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein
The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. says its $6 billion plan to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota has been put on hold because of the poor economy.
In court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, DM&E also said it has dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners in northeastern Wyoming.
The railroad filed the lawsuits in 2007 seeking condemnation of some 19 landowners in Converse, Weston, Campbell and Niobrara counties for rights of way to about 1,200 linear acres.
Officials of the Mayo Cinic in Rochester have vehemently opposed the project because the proposed alignment of the tracks ran within 100 feet of the clinic.
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