Court Rejects Western Colorado Coal Mine


RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

❝ Last week, a federal court blocked the Trump Administration’s illegal approval of a coal mine expansion in western Colorado’s backcountry.

We’ve been fighting for years to stop this expansion, which threatens to despoil thousands of acres of roadless National Forest lands. This latest ruling literally stops Arch Coal’s bulldozers in their tracks, a much-needed reprieve for these wildlands!

Importantly, it’s a BIG win for the climate…

❝ Not only is coal from West Elk burned in power plants in other states, releasing massive amounts of carbon, but the mine is also a huge source of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

Arch Coal had planned to expand into roadless National Forest lands so it could build roads and drill dozens of methane venting wells above the mine, as well as dig millions more tons of coal…

❝ With our latest legal victory, we’re one step closer to the clean energy future we need to save our climate, our public lands, and our American West.

Jeremy Nichols, Climate & Energy Program Director, WildEarth Guardians

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