Groups seek expansion of Wyo. coal mining lawsuit - KOTA Territory News

Groups seek expansion of Wyo. coal mining lawsuit


By Mead Gruver, Associated Press

       CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ Environmental groups are asking a judge in Cheyenne to expand the scope of a lawsuit they've filed against the U.S. Forest Service over coal mining in northeast Wyoming.
       U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson heard the groups' arguments Thursday and said he would rule on their request in a day or two.
       WildEarth Guardians, Sierra Club and Powder River Basin Resource Council have sued over plans to mine 400 million tons of coal from the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
       The groups also object to a different plan to mine more than 700 million tons from another tract that also is located next to Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle Mine.
       The groups want their concerns about the bigger tract added to their lawsuit. The Forest Service says they warrant two separate complaints.

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