Arch Coal, Mont. Board Face Suits Over Coal Lease

Law360, New York (May 17, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT) -- The Montana Board of Land Commissioners and Arch Coal Inc. are facing two suits alleging that the state leased the coal producer 9,000 acres of state lands with substantial coal reserves without accounting for the impact a strip-mining operation would have on the environment.

The Sierra Club and the Montana Environmental Information Center filed suit Friday in Montana's Sixteenth Judicial District Court, claiming the board’s decision to lease the Otter Creek coal reserves in southeastern Montana violates the state constitution.

The Northern Plains Resource Council and...
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