continued Based on objections by environmental groups, the federal Surface Transportation
Board initially denied Iowa Pacific’s petition for an expedited permit to operate on the line, and the rail firm has appealed the decision, which is expected to prompt a full review by the agency.
The environmental groups seek to have the rail bed returned to Forest Preserve.
Ellis has said that the 29-7 mile stretch has always been privately held, and federal endorsement of its use is not necessary.
Iowa Pacific has announced its intent to haul thousands of tons of mine tailings away from the NL Industries mine at Tahawus.
Warren County officials support Iowa Pacific’s plan, because it would not only create needed jobs and economic activity, but clean up an expansive rock pile in what is considered a pristine area, they’ve said.
On Jan. 20, the county Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution supporting Iowa Pacific’s intent to resume freight service along the line, and they vowed to lobby legislators to enable it.
Various towns in the region, as well as the Essex County Board of Supervisors and the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks have also passed resolutions supporting train travel along the line.
When the Warren County Supervisors voted for the measure, staunch railway opponent William Kenny, Glens Falls 5th Ward Supervisor, even voted for the measure — his first ever favorable vote on a railway issue. His action prompted applause and cheers from the other supervisors.