Coal company sues Interior over delayed leasing

By Hannah Northey | 03/07/2024 01:29 PM EST

The North Dakota miner said the Bureau of Land Management hasn’t moved on an application submitted in 2019.

A pile of coal.

Falkirk Mining has sued the Bureau of Land Management, saying the agency has refused to act on its plan to expand its coal leases in North Dakota. Scott Olson/AFP via Getty Images

A coal mining company is suing the Biden administration for refusing to review its plan to lease tracts of land and grow its operations in North Dakota — a delay the company says federal officials are blaming on their inability to measure the effect of the expansion on greenhouse gases.

Falkirk Mining, an Ohio-based subsidiary of NACCO Natural Resources, filed a complaint against the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota late last month.

The company is accusing BLM of violating several laws, including the bedrock National Environmental Policy Act, which requires agencies to complete an environmental assessment within a year of concluding that such a review is required or upon announcing its intent to conduct such a review.


The BLM declined to comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesperson for the bureau confirmed on background that projects’ greenhouse gas emissions are analyzed during NEPA reviews.