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4 states seek to reinstate coal-leasing moratorium - Report

Coal News - Published on Tue, 18 Dec 2018

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Kallanish Energy reported that a federal judge has heard arguments from four states that are trying to stop the Trump administration from proceeding with additional coal sales on public lands in the West. Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argued before US District Judge Brian Morris in Montana coal sales have been shortchanging taxpayers because of low royalty rates while causing pollution that impacts the climate and public health. The states were joined by conservation groups and Montana’s North Cheyenne tribe in a lawsuit that seeks to revive a coal-leasing moratorium that had been imposed by former President Obama.

In 2017, the Trump administration ended the coal leasing moratorium that had blocked new lease sales for a period of time. It said the move was essential to boosting the U.S. economy, although coal use is declining.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 18 Dec 2018
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