The mission of the Eastern Logistics and Planning (Eastern L&P) is to gather information for all parts of the Coal Transportation Infrastructure and to facilitate the resolution of issues and problems within the infrastructure in a beneficial manner. All gatherings and initiatives are undertaken on a voluntary basis with due consideration to avoid all anti-competitive activities. The group is open to all interested parties with a stake in the coal transportation infrastructure and a desire to improve the infrastructure.
Transportation entities such as rail carriers, barge companies, river terminal operators, and export terminal operators are active participants. Coal producers, electric utilities, industrial consumers of coal, and railcar owners are participants who complete the group of necessary parties to continuous improve the coal transportation and delivery system.
The eastern rail carriers graciously provide reports and data on rail performance each meeting. These reports become a basis for discussion and suggestions for group initiatives. There is a subcommittee called the Rapid Response Team that meets by conference call at the direction of the Chairperson (after notable dislocations to the infrastructure such as flooding, major derailments, service interruptions, etc.) to quickly disseminate information and, if required, to recommend action items to the entire group.
Edwin Fisher of Arch Coal is Chairman of the Eastern L&P and Terry May of Associated Terminals is Vice-Chairman. Chairmanship of the Eastern Rapid Response Team is currently vacant. The following is typical of Action Items for the Committee: