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Northern Cheyenne president blasts administration’s effort to end ban on federal coal leasing

Reuters: A Montana tribe this week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing without consulting it, saying the move violated its treaty rights and would have major impacts on its land. The criticism from Northern Cheyenne President Rynalea Whiteman Pena, in a letter to Interior Secretary David […]

May 30, 2019 Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →