Obama Halts Coal Leases on U.S. Public Lands

Environment News Service: No new coal leases will be issued on public lands while the Obama Administration conducts a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and evaluate potential reforms, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today. Taxpayer-owned federal lands supply roughly 40 percent of all U.S. coal production, and mining under existing leases will continue during the review. "Even as our nation transitions to cleaner energy sources, building on smart policies and progress already underway,......

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