9th Circuit Scraps Lower Court Decision Reinstating Coal Leasing Pause

February 22, 2024
An appellate court is overturning a lower court decision that reinstated a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands, with the judges concluding the case is moot because it challenged a Trump-era policy that is no longer in place, adding that Biden officials appear to have effectively paused new leases. The Feb. 21 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit represents the culmination of a years-long back-and-forth over coal leasing policy, though debates over energy...

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