Railroads play a critical role in transporting Montana's natural resource products, writes Mark Lambrecht, executive director of the Treasure State Resource Industry Association. The Association of American Railroads reported U.S. crude-by-rail shipments "have doubled in the last two years," Lambrecht stated. "Whether it's coal or other minerals, cattle, wheat, lumber or Montana oil, our best chance for creating jobs and generating tax revenue for critical public services depends on railroads."

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