Oil & Gas Auditor in NYTTweet
September 21, 2006
In light of today�s New York Times article on Interior Department auditors filing False Claims Act lawsuits, we are making documents on the Bobby Maxwell case available � his amended complaint (pdf) and the court�s response (pdf) to a motion for summary judgment. According to the Times, Maxwell is one of several auditors who have filed suit against oil companies for underpayments on drilling fees, known as royalties. As noted on this blog as well, Interior Department-funded state and tribal auditors have also raised concerns about auditing and are now facing retaliation. In August, members of Congress wrote (pdf) to Interior�s Minerals Management Service expressing concern about the retaliation. POGO submitted written testimony for a House Government Reform hearing last week which outlined these issues and documented how collections from auditing are at an historic all-time low.
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Beth Daley
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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 POGO investigator Mia Steinle talks about the woefully outdated royalty programs for the mining and drilling of natural resources on public lands.