American Indians threaten suit over Peabody’s Arizona mine

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 2026.

“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.



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