Utilities struggle to replenish coal stockpiles, seek regulators’ help

Ameren Missouri and other utilities reliant on Western coal are asking federal regulators to intervene and force BNSF to improve its service after a year of delivery issues that have hurt coal companies’ earnings and prevented them from replenishing stockpiles.

A trade group called the Western Coal Traffic League petitioned the Surface Transportation Board in October asking the regulators to force BNSF to speed up coal deliveries — using fines if necessary.

The rail network has been strained by factors including a record harvest and increases in oil shipments from the country’s booming oil fracking industry.

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