WPR News
1:28 pm
Thu May 20, 2004

Suit Filed Over CBM Development

Missoula, Mt – Conservation groups say the Department
of Interior is NOT protecting Montana and Wyoming parks and
wilderness areas from air pollution.
A federal lawsuit filed today (Thursday) in Missoula, Montana,
contends that coal-bed methane development in the Powder River
Basin threatens to damage air quality in parts of both states.
The groups contend the federal government has acknowledged
methane development could threaten public health and air quality --
but has made no effort to prevent it.
A spokesman for the Department of Interior in Washington, D-C,
says agency attorneys have not seen the lawsuit.