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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 →

On the Blogs: Taxpayers Win in Federal Moratorium on Coal

Jayni Hein for The Hill: In the waning days of the presidential transition, the Department of the Interior is continuing efforts to modernize federal fossil fuel leasing to meet 21st-century needs. The recent release of the federal coal programmatic review scoping report is the latest step by the agency to fulfill its legal mandate to […]

January 19, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Federal Royalty-Rate Reforms Are Left to Incoming Administration

Devin Henry for TheHill.com: The Obama administration on Wednesday said the royalty rate on coal mined from public land should increase, one of several conclusions to come from a year-long report on the federal coal leasing program. The 1,300-page report comes a year after the Obama administration announced it would reassess the leasing program for […]

January 12, 2017 Read More →

Utah County Lawsuit to Overturn Federal Coal-Lease Moratorium Faces Market Challenges

From the Associated Press: Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, attorney […]

December 6, 2016 Read More →

Lawmakers ‘Stalling the Inevitable’ in Opposition to U.S. Coal-Lease Reform

Joshua Learn for SNL: U.S. Republican senators are demanding that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell end the moratorium and government review process on the federal coal-leasing program, calling the process “compromised” and “prejudiced.” Republican Sens. John Barrasso, Wyo.; Roy Blunt, Mo.; Shelley Moore Capito, W.Va.; Steve Daines, Mont.; Michael Enzi, Wyo.; Cory Gardner, Colo.; Orrin Hatch, […]

July 18, 2016 Read More →

U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel: Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program. The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters […]

June 20, 2016 Read More →