Trump Administration Will Resume Public Land Coal Leases

The Trump administration has announced it will begin leasing public lands for coal mining and prospecting.

According to The Hill:

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it will be resuming coal leasing on public lands, angering conservationists.

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The Bureau of Land Management said in a statement Wednesday that it had completed an environmental assessment and found no significant impact from lifting the pause on processing applications for new coal leases.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of the Interior has ended the war on American energy and coal, which allows local communities to prosper,” said Casey Hammond, the acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management, in the statement.

“Coal is and will continue to be a critical part of our nation’s energy portfolio and we are committed to the responsible development of our abundant resources and advancing American energy independence, jobs, and economic growth,” Hammond added.

The Trump administration first tried to reverse this Obama-era policy in 2017 but was stopped by the federal courts that said environmental assessments were not sufficient.

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