Feds Put Pause on New Coal Leasing

department-of-interiorSecretary Sally Jewell announced today that the Interior Department will put a pause on new coal leasing and launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it provides a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs. This is another step along the path that President Obama announced in his State of the Union address to change the fossil fuels resources are managed and move the country towards a clean energy economy. In a release the Interior Department stated that “the review will take a careful look at issues such as how, when, and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources.” Congressman Scott Tipton blasted the announcement calling the plan an “irresponsible, politically motivated decision that jeopardizes America’s energy future.” And said the “Once more the President is picking winners and losers, choosing his ideology over the working class communities and hardworking Americans that make an affordable and reliable energy supply for the nation possible.” The full text of both statements is available below.

Secretary Jewel Statement

Congressman Tipton Statement

 

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