American Indians threaten suit over Peabody’s Arizona
Trend News, DECEMBER 24, 2008
American Indian tribes are threatening
legal action to challenge a federal permit allowing
Peabody Energy Co. to extend mining on Navajo and Hopi
lands, Bloomberg reported.
The U.S. Office of Surface Mining yesterday
granted a permit revision for the Black Mesa mining
operating in northeastern Arizona. The permit ensures
that Peabody’s Kayenta mine, which supplies 8.5 million
tons of coal a year, can continue operating through
“We are looking into our options
for how to stop this process from moving forward, including
legal action,” Enei Begaye, co-director of Black Mesa
Water Coalition, a Navajo and Hopi citizens organization,
said in a statement today.