Arch Coal, Mont. Board Fail To Shake Coal Lease Suits

Law360, New York (January 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EST) -- A Montana judge has refused to toss two suits brought by four environmental groups challenging the constitutionality of the Montana Board of Land Commissioners' decision to lease 9,000 acres of state lands with substantial coal reserves to Arch Coal Inc.

Judge Joe L. Hegel of Montana's Sixteenth Judicial District Court in an order released Monday denied the defendants' motions to dismiss for lack of standing the declaratory judgment suits alleging the land board failed to conduct a constitutionally required review of the impact a strip-mining operation...
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