States, Groups Fight Coal-Leasing Plan Reinstated By Trump

Law360 (May 19, 2021, 7:18 PM EDT) -- Groups and states that oppose restarting the federal coal-leasing program told a Montana federal court that the Biden administration is wrongfully refusing to course-correct and is standing by the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision during the previous administration to lift a moratorium on leasing without proper environmental review.

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, environmental groups and four states — California, New York, New Mexico and Washington — lodged summary judgment motions Tuesday, seeking a win in their reignited legal battle to revive an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing. The challengers urged the court to vacate the environmental review underpinning the...

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