- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop an expansion of Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain coal mine in Montana.

The lawsuit filed Monday by Montana Elders for a Livable Tomorrow, Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club alleges the U.S. government failed to consider several factors when it approved the 7,000-acre expansion near Roundup.

The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining decided in January that the expansion would have no significant impact.

The conservation groups say the agency should have ordered a more detailed environmental study. They say the government did not look closely enough at the effects of the expansion on waterways, air pollution and the health of people who live along the coal’s shipping routes.

Interior spokeswoman Emily Beyer says the agency won’t comment on pending litigation.

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