Laramie, WY – An environmental group is suing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to try to get the government to increase its regulation of mining in the nation's top-coal producing region.
The federal lawsuit WildEarth Guardians filed in Denver this
week also seeks to open competition for coal leases in northeast
Wyoming's Powder River Basin, instead of letting the government
follow the guidance of mining companies that express interest.
The Santa Fe, N.M.-based group petitioned Salazar in November to
give the U.S. Bureau of Land Management broader oversight of coal
leasing in the basin to fight climate change.
The group says it's suing because Interior has not responded. An
Interior spokeswoman declined comment Wednesday.
Wyoming produced 42 percent of the nation's coal in 2008. The
vast majority of that came from the Powder River Basin.