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WildEarth Guardians v. Jewell


As part of a comprehensive strategy to keep coal “in the ground” Environmental Plaintiffs began challenging the BLM’s leasing of federally owned coal tracks in the Powder River Basin in 2010, on climate change grounds.[1] WildEarth Guardians is the first suit to reach a circuit court, and affirms that the BLM’s environmental analysis of the climate change impacts of the leased coal was adequate under NEPA. Notably, the Court, reversing the district court, found that the Environmental Plaintiffs had procedural standing.

[1] Juliet Eilperin, Coal extraction poses climate change challenge for Obama administration, Washington Post (Dec. 25, 2011), http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/coal-extraction-poses-climate-challenge-for-obama-administration/2011/12/20/gIQAYKHvHP_story.html