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

Together with @earthjustice, @SierraClub, @HCCACB, we sent Arch back to drawing board,…
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,…
And in 2014, we WON!

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

Huge win for attorney @TedZukoski,…
Shortly after, court totally reversed federal approvals, sending feds and Arch Coal back to drawing board.…
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,…
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,…
In meantime, feds, Arch Coal pressed ahead to approve mining of #coal leases.

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