Biden Administration Seeks to Avoid Suit Over Coal Leasing

Jan. 14, 2022, 9:54 PM

The Interior Department has revoked a Trump administration order that lifted a pause on coal leasing, so a lawsuit by states and environmental groups challenging the order is moot, the government told a Montana federal court.

The groups’ argument to the contrary depends on a “misunderstanding of the agency action at issue,” according to the filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

The lawsuit challenged an order by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that directed the Bureau of Land Management to resume processing coal lease applications. The court ruled in the states’ and environmental groups’ favor ...

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