March 27, 2018 Read More →

Climate-Risk Ruling Throws a Wrench in Federal Coal-Lease Program

Washington Examiner:

A judge is forcing the Trump administration to sit down with environmental groups to figure out how to balance climate change concerns with continued mining in the West that supplies 40 percent of the nation’s coal.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in Montana issued a ruling Monday that the Interior Department must evaluate climate change before approving coal mining leases. The analysis could limit the amount of coal allowed to be mined.

Environmentalists applauded the ruling as a victory. They sued the Bureau of Land Management for not adequately evaluating alternatives to coal mining in its environmental review of mining plans that it is required to do under the National Environmental Policy Act, thereby failing to take into consideration the effects of climate change.

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