PRM files suit against U.S. Interior Department over mining documents

One year ago in November, Public Record Media submitted requests for mining-related documents to six state and federal agencies under open data laws. One of the six agencies has yet to respond to PRM’s request despite a legal obligation to do so, and despite numerous follow-up communications.

“Over the course of a year, we have contacted Interior by letter, email, phone, and through their internal administrative appeal procedures,” said PRM President Matt Ehling. “It’s rare for us to receive no response at all to one of our requests. Given the clear importance of this issue to the public, we feel an obligation to get this properly resolved.”

PRM filed suit today in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, to pursue the requested records from Interior.

The suit will be PRM’s first in federal court since its 2013 settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and 2013 victory over the U.S. Department of Justice in front of the U.S. District of Minnesota’s Chief Judge Michael Davis.

PRM Special Counsel JT Haines will again handle the case.