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Court Provides Blueprint for Challenging Fossil Fuel Projects

Aug. 16, 2017, 7:37 PM

A district court decision stopping the expansion of a Montana coal mine provides a blueprint for environmental advocates to block other coal, oil, and gas projects across the country.

“The decision has national significance, and it can and will be applied in other cases that we are bringing to challenge the federal government’s analysis of coal development, oil and gas development, and other fossil fuel projects,” Laura King, staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center, told Bloomberg BNA.

Especially vulnerable could be two Bureau of Land Management decisions, King said. One, issued in 2015, made more than ...