Friday, 16 November 2012 14:12
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ A judge has added a second coal lease to an environmentalist lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service that contests Wyoming coal mining on grounds that include climate change.
The Forest Service argued for the lease to be litigated separately. U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson granted the plaintiffs' request to add it to their lawsuit Thursday.
He wrote he saw no reason not to grant the request by the groups WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club and Powder River Basin Resource Council.
The groups' lawsuit now contests two coal tracts containing over a billion tons of coal reserves next to Peabody Energy Corp.'s North Antelope Rochelle Mine in the Powder River Basin.
The groups initially filed suit over the South Porcupine coal tract. Their lawsuit now includes the North Porcupine coal tract.