Coal Leasing Moratorium

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On the Blogs: Taxpayers Win in Federal Moratorium on Coal

Jayni Hein for The Hill: In the waning days of the presidential transition, the Department of the Interior is continuing efforts to modernize federal fossil fuel leasing to meet 21st-century needs. The recent release of the federal coal programmatic review scoping report is the latest step by the agency to fulfill its legal mandate to […]

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On the Blogs: Federal Royalty-Rate Reforms Are Left to Incoming Administration

Devin Henry for The Obama administration on Wednesday said the royalty rate on coal mined from public land should increase, one of several conclusions to come from a year-long report on the federal coal leasing program. The 1,300-page report comes a year after the Obama administration announced it would reassess the leasing program for […]

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Utah County Lawsuit to Overturn Federal Coal-Lease Moratorium Faces Market Challenges

From the Associated Press: Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, attorney […]

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Lawmakers ‘Stalling the Inevitable’ in Opposition to U.S. Coal-Lease Reform

Joshua Learn for SNL: U.S. Republican senators are demanding that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell end the moratorium and government review process on the federal coal-leasing program, calling the process “compromised” and “prejudiced.” Republican Sens. John Barrasso, Wyo.; Roy Blunt, Mo.; Shelley Moore Capito, W.Va.; Steve Daines, Mont.; Michael Enzi, Wyo.; Cory Gardner, Colo.; Orrin Hatch, […]

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U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel: Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program. The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters […]

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