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Scraping 75 tons of rock at a time, a drag line shovel removes overburden from a coal seam to be mined at the Spring Creek Mine, a Cloud Peak Energy property in southern Montana, Friday, May 17, 2013. Around the giant shovel, the boom of which is 320 feet long, are some of the largest bulldozers made. Pending new ports for shipment to Asia through either the U.S. or Canada, Cloud Peak Energey hopes to open new high-grade coal mines on and near the Crow Reservation in southern Montana. The tribe is equally hopeful the new mines would bring long-awaited economic stability to the tribe. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)
Scraping 75 tons of rock at a time, a drag line shovel removes overburden from a coal seam to be mined at the Spring Creek Mine, a Cloud Peak Energy property in southern Montana, Friday, May 17, 2013. Around the giant shovel, the boom of which is 320 feet long, are some of the largest bulldozers made. Pending new ports for shipment to Asia through either the U.S. or Canada, Cloud Peak Energey hopes to open new high-grade coal mines on and near the Crow Reservation in southern Montana. The...
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