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Lawsuit seeks to void Montana coal lease

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a conservation group’s attempt to void a 61-million-ton coal lease that was sold to a central Montana mine. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Thursday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management adequately considered the environmental impacts of mining and decided they would be minor. The lease in Musselshell County was ...

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Judge in climate suit tells feds to re-examine coal mine

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials must re-examine a 117 million-ton expansion of an eastern Montana coal mine after a judge sided with environmentalists who sued over the project’s potential to make climate change worse and cause other environmental damage. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters gave the Interior Department nine months to look again at the proposal for the Cloud Peak ...

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Montana oil and gas officials distance themselves from setting buffer zones between wells, homes

Montana’s Board of Oil and Gas will wait to decide whether to require minimum distances between oil wells and homes. The setbacks, sought by landowners and environmentalists worried about well hazards and property values, are on the books in neighboring states but not in Montana. Supporters requested buffer zones of a quarter mile, more than double the distances in other ...

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