Utah Counties Want 'Costly' Coal Lease Moratorium Killed

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 4:20 PM EST) -- Two Utah counties and a nonprofit group asked a Utah federal judge Wednesday to strike down the U.S. Department of the Interior’s moratorium on granting leases for coal operations on federal lands while the program is reviewed over environmental and economic concerns.

Kane and Garfield counties along with the Rural Utah Alliance say the moratorium should be lifted because it harms their economies and is outside the DOI’s authority. Their lawsuit said the agency enacted a new rule in violation of the federal rulemaking process....
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