Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2019 #4

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Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land -

"But the court ruling does say that the 2017 Trump administration policy, enacted by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to overturn Mr. Obama's coal mining ban did not include adequate studies of the environmental effects of the mining, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, or NEPA, one of the nation's bedrock environmental laws."

Why this is important: Last week, a Wyoming federal judge ruled the Trump administration cannot lease federal lands for coal mining without new environmental impact assessments. The Trump administration was seeking to overturn an Obama-era rule that limited such coal leases over concerns the burning of the coal after mining increased global warming....

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