Feds Say Coal Activists’ Leasing Suit Is Moot

By Victoria Mackenzie (January 14, 2022, 7:52 p.m. EDT) — Biden administration officials tell a federal judge that lawsuits challenging the federal coal-leasing program are moot because they have already rescinded a Trump-era order reopening public lands to court. coal leasing and mining, while challengers rebuked the administration for driving its climate policy into a “brick wall” by refusing to issue a complete suspension of the program.

The US Department of the Interior, in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a court in the federal state of Montana, said the court can no longer provide any relief to environmental groups, states and tribes that have challenged the Trump-era mandate. According to the DOI, the only action relevant to the lawsuit…

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