Interior Dept Auditors Rebel: More DocsTweet
September 21, 2006
In reference to the post below and the NYT today, here are four additional False Claims Act lawsuits filed in Oklahoma by Interior Department auditors who have become whistleblowers on oil and gas royalties which have gone uncollected: 1 2 3 4 (pdfs). In addition, we are posting letters issued from the State and Tribal Royalty Audit Committee in February 2006 raising concerns about how the method for auditing oil and gas leases changed. These were the letters which were sent out prior to the retaliation happening now. One letter (pdf) went to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and one (pdf) went to House Resources Chairman Pombo. The perfect storm: Johnnie Burton, Director of the MMS is speaking today (doc) at the Platts Energy Forum usually attended by the news media's top energy reporters.
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
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This Land is Our Land
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) raises this important issue in our latest podcast. POGO investigator Mia Steinle talks about the woefully outdated royalty programs for the mining and drilling of natural resources on public lands.