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Court win blocking #Colorado #coal mine expansion a victory for #climate, #publiclands. @WildEarthGuard's @JeremyJNichols1:

"it’s a resounding rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempts to sidestep our environmental laws to appease the coal industry,"

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It comes on heels of longstanding efforts to defend #NationalForest lands, #climate from Arch Coal's attempts to expand West Elk mine.

Not only does mine's #coal fuel #climatecrisis, mine vents massive amounts of #methane, as we explain in this video.

Read on for full saga!
We first filed suit in 2008 challenging #methane venting at West Elk mine. We were represented by @TedZukoski, a long-time defender of #publiclands and #climate.

Mine is largest single industrial source of methane emissions in #Colorado,

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We lost first case.

Since then, Arch has pressed ahead to expand mine under #NationalForest roadless lands in W. #Colorado.

Company wants to develop new coal leases, build roads, methane venting wells. Map shows roadless lands green, current mine red, new leases orange,
The undeveloped #NationalForest land in Arch Coal's path is Sunset Roadless Area, a beautiful area next to West Elk Wilderness Area.

Arch wants to punch roads, drill methane venting wells in this area, which is also critical wildlife habitat,

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We filed administrative appeal of original plan in 2012 and WON!

Together with @earthjustice, @SierraClub, @HCCACB, we sent Arch back to drawing board,

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Arch Coal has persisted, though. In 2013, they pressed the feds to re-approve their expansion plans.

Together with @TedZukoski, we sued shortly after to defend Sunset Roadless Area, #climate,

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And in 2014, we WON!

Court held that feds illegally ignored #climate costs, impacts to #publiclands.

Huge win for attorney @TedZukoski,

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Shortly after, court totally reversed federal approvals, sending feds and Arch Coal back to drawing board.

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Arch Coal STILL pressed forward with its destructive plans and in late 2017, #Trump Administration rubber-stamped approval of new #coal leases, expansion of West Elk mine.

So, we sued again,

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We gave it our best, but unfortunately lost in U.S. District Court.

Undeterred, we appealed. Together with @CenterForBioDiv, @HCCACB, @WildforGood, @SierraClub, we called on U.S. Court of Appeals for 10th Circuit to reverse District Court,

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In meantime, feds, Arch Coal pressed ahead to approve mining of #coal leases.

@WildEarthGuard led suit this time, also asked for injunction on mining,

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Case was fast-tracked because Arch Coal was already building roads, cutting down old growth aspen for its #coal exploration activities.

We had federal court hearing last month,

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Today's ruling gives new hope for Sunset Roadless Area, #climate, #Colorado's #publiclands.

Judge enjoined road building, methane venting well drilling, #coal mining.

We're also still waiting for 10th Circuit to rule on challenge to coal leases,

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Check out our series of interactive maps to learn more about @WildEarthGuard's longstanding efforts to defend #climate, #publiclands from Arch Coal and West Elk mine,

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And stay tuned for more!

We won't back down. We have to save the Sunset Roadless Area, save our #climate.

#KeepItInTheGround, #ClimateActionNow, #ProtectPublicLands,

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