Legal setback for coal industry on federal leases in Montana and Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge in Montana has given the Trump administration until late 2019 to analyze reductions to mining in the nation’s most productive coal fields as a way to fight climate change.The order from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, issued Tuesday, applies to the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The region supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s coal, much of it from massive strip mines on public lands.The case involves a challenge by environmentalists of U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans issued in 2015 to lease more than 10 billion tons of coal in the region. The plans also guide the leasing of oil and gas.Morris turned down a request from environmentalists to halt new energy lease sales until the climate change review is completed. However, each individual lease issued will have to go through a review similar to the one Morris required for the region as a whole.Government officials had argued unsuccessfully that climate change could be addressed at individual mines rather than across the region.The delay affects 223 parcels comprising more than 160 square miles (414 square kilometers) of public and private lands in eastern Montana.Coal mined from the Powder River Basin and burned in power plants is responsible for 13 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.Coal lease sales in the region slowed considerably over the past decade as demand for the fuel declined.Since his election with a strongly pro-fossil fuels agenda, President Donald Trump has sought to boost the industry. That’s included lifting a moratorium on new lease sales from public lands imposed during the Obama administration over concerns about climate change.A ruling in September by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver cast doubt on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking leasing of federal coal reserves wouldn’t affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere.More: Judge: US must weigh cutbacks in top coal region by late ’19
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