WPR News
8:32 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Judge rejects coal challenge

Casper, WY – A federal judge has rejected an attempt by environmentalists to challenge the upcoming sale of federal coal reserves in Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
In an order issued Sunday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sided
with the federal government in allowing the sale to proceed on a
coal reserve near the existing Antelope Mine.
Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club
contested the sale last August over worries that burning the coal
could make climate change worse.
But the judge ruled the groups failed to present a valid claim
when they said the Interior Department's leasing program was
flawed.
A separate lawsuit from environmentalist that more broadly
challenges the leasing program is still pending.