Judge Questions Push For Programmatic Climate Review Of Coal Leasing

May 14, 2020
A federal district court judge appeared skeptical of environmental groups’ argument that the Trump administration must conduct a programmatic environmental review of the federal coal lease program because officials offered what the groups say is an inadequate response to a prior court decision faulting the administration’s resumption of leasing. The initial court ruling held the Interior Department (DOI) unlawfully lifted an Obama-era leasing moratorium without conducting any National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. In response, DOI’s Bureau of Land Management...


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