Mont. Judge Tosses Challenge To $86M Coal Lease

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 6:39 PM EST) -- A Montana state judge has rejected an environmental challenge to an $86 million Arch Coal Inc. coal lease, ruling on Feb. 3 that the state did not violate its duty to study and mitigate environmental impacts because it still had the power to stop mining or to demand adjustments before mining begins.

The Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Environmental Information Center, National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club had challenged the State Land Board's decision to lease access to 1.2 billion tons of coal in Otter Creek,...
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