On November 11, 2014 the deadline for federal agencies and Arch Coal to appeal a district court’s decision calling for disclosure of climate change impacts from coal mining in Colorado expired.
The lack of an appeal by the parties finalizes a judgment issued in September that held that road construction for coal mines in roadless forest could not take place, unless and until, federal agencies first consider climate impacts and inform the public of that potential damage.
Earlier this fall, Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued a final decision invalidating U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management decisions approving road construction inside the Sunset Roadless Area for expanded coal mining. The ruling was a victory for the Sierra Club and it’s allies, represented by Earthjustice, who successfully argued that the agencies failed to consider or disclose the climate change impacts of mining and burning millions of tons of coal made available by the agencies’ decisions.
Link to Earthjustice posting: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/obama-administration-and-arch-coal-decline-to-appeal-judgment-requiring-hard-look-at-environmental-impacts-of
To view the district court’s ruling and other case background, click here
To view photos of the Sunset Roadless Area, click here
Click here to view photo essay of Sunset Roadless Area from Earthjustice.