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The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Appoint a Price-Setting Commission; Ban Exports; Cancel Some Leases; Eliminate Self-Bonding; Mandate Set-Asides for Mine Clean-up and Miner Pensions; Require Twice-a-Year Audits; Assume Smaller Markets

It’s time for the U.S. to modernize how it manages its publicly owned coal reserves. That’s the essence of comments we’ve filed today with the Department of the Interior as it begins a review of its federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin, a program that has been mismanaged for years at taxpayer expense […]

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States and conservation groups press case against Trump’s reversal of federal coal-lease moratorium

Associated Press: Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue the coal sales have been shortchanging taxpayers because of low royalty rates and cause pollution that puts the climate and public health at risk. The states were joined by conservation groups and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe in a lawsuit that seeks to revive […]

December 14, 2018 Read More →

Coal companies stalling on new lease applications

Casper Star-Tribune: Coal companies used to grumble about how long it takes to get coal leased from the federal government. That’s no longer the case. Applications to lease nearly 1 billion tons of coal are pending in Wyoming, not because the federal agency tasked with performing environmental analysis is moving slow, but because coal companies […]

September 6, 2018 Read More →

Few New Leases on Federal Coal Tracts 1 Year After Moratorium Reversal

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A year after the Trump administration lifted a controversial moratorium on federal coal leases, both approvals and new applications are scarce as industry challenges show little sign of abating. “I don’t think there is a whole lot of interest in new coal leasing,” said Mark Squillace, director of the Natural […]

April 5, 2018 Read More →

Climate-Risk Ruling Throws a Wrench in Federal Coal-Lease Program

Washington Examiner: A judge is forcing the Trump administration to sit down with environmental groups to figure out how to balance climate change concerns with continued mining in the West that supplies 40 percent of the nation’s coal. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in Montana issued a ruling Monday that the Interior Department must […]

March 27, 2018 Read More →

Long Legal Fight Ahead on Rollback of Federal Coal-Royalty Reforms

E&E News: Settle in for a long fight over the Trump administration’s decision to scrap reforms for how royalties are calculated for federal fossil fuels. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday laid out the briefing schedule for litigation over the 2017 rollback of the Obama-era Interior Department measure. Defenders […]

February 1, 2018 Read More →

D.C. Appeals Court to Hear Challenge to Coal-Leasing Program

The Hill: A federal appeals court will hear a case brought by environmentalists suing the federal government over the environmental impacts of its coal-leasing program.  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday it will hear an oral argument in March over the lawsuit, brought by the Western Organization of Resource Councils and Friends of the Earth against Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke. […]

January 17, 2018 Read More →

California and New Mexico AGs Sue to Restore Closure of Loophole on Coal Taken Off Federal Lands

Law 360: The attorneys general of California and New Mexico have again gone to court to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to revoke an Obama-era rule tweaking royalty calculations for oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal lands, arguing Tuesday that the regulation was repealed without adequate consideration. California AG […]

October 20, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: U.S. Policy Reversal on Federally Owned Coal Will Cost Taxpayers $75 Million a Year

ThinkProgress: The Trump administration’s decision not to close a loophole that allowed energy companies to sell coal, oil, and natural gas at significantly depressed prices will cost taxpayers $75 million per year, a fact the administration itself acknowledged in a Federal Register notice published Monday. The Department of the Interior’s decision to repeal the Obama-era […]

August 7, 2017 Read More →

Citing Taxpayer and Environmental Impacts, Four States Challenge Trump Retro Policy on Federal Coal Leases

Associated Press: Four U.S. states filed a lawsuit Tuesday over President Donald Trump’s decision to restart the sale of coal leases on federal lands, saying the Obama-era block of the leasing program was reversed without studying what’s best for the environment and for taxpayers. The attorneys general of California, New Mexico, New York and Washington, […]

May 10, 2017 Read More →

Federal Royalty Loophole for U.S. Coal Companies Is Back

GQ Magazine: The loophole works like this: Coal companies often mitigate paying royalties they owe the federal government by, for example, selling the coal to their own subsidiary at a low price. The subsidiary company then resells it at a much higher price, but royalties are only paid on the below-market self-dealing. As the Center […]

April 5, 2017 Read More →