Apr 23, 2018 Voices Of Montana 0 comment

Duane Ankney Talks Coal With Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke In DC

The second half of Thursdays Voices of Montana show featured State Senator, Duane Ankney from Colstrip, who has recently been appointed by energy secretary Rick Perry to a 2-year term to the national coal council. Ankney just returned from the National Coal Councils annual meeting in Washington DC where he met with Montana native and now interior secretary, Ryan Zinke and several other top Washington DC officials.

Cole in Colstrip

Courtesy of Duane Ankney

When asked about the meeting he said “There is a lot of things I can not even talk about, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes with the Trump administration that is very positive for coal”

Ankney spoke specifically about the possibly of exporting coal again from western states seaports, something that has been put on hold because of actions by environmental groups and coastal state laws.

Ankney said “there are players behind the scenes in America that are working towards getting that Montana clean burning coal to Asian ports and countries that are tripling their production of coal fired power plants”

Ankney answered a few texts on the show asking, “who is helping and who is not helping coal country in Montana politics?” Join us as Ankney responds to that question and talk about other coal related issues on the Voices of Montana pod cast right here.


Jon Arneson