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Expansion of Rosebud Coal Mine in Montana is Illegal, Judge Says

Oct. 4, 2022, 5:05 PM

A massive expansion of a Montana coal mine is illegal, a federal judge said, adopting a magistrate judge’s findings that the Department of the Interior didn’t take a hard look at the environmental effects the mine would have on both local water sources and the climate.

Environmental groups sued the Department of the Interior and Westmoreland Rosebud Mining LLC in 2019, claiming that the agency illegally approved the expansion of the Rosebud coal mine near Colstrip, Mont.

The expansion was slated to add 6,500 acres to the mine, and estimated to yield around 70.8 million tons of coal. The mine ...