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September 8, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Long-Buried IG Report on BLM Reveals Gifts from Oil & Gas Industry, Other Violations



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California A report hidden from the public for three years finds former Bureau of Land Management employee Steve Henke “violated agency policy, federal laws, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 16, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Mine Games: How Federal Coal Program Loopholes Can Cheat Taxpayers



Photo at Powder River Basin Coal Mine A 25-year-old loophole can allow coal companies to cheat the federal government and taxpayers out of revenues, but a proposed rule from the Interior Department may change that.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

March 18, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Interior Secretary Highlights Need for Coal Royalty Reform



Coal Mine The federal government needs to improve the way it manages coal on public lands, according to Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

March 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

U.S. Joins International Effort to Bring Transparency to Drilling, Mining Industries



EITI An international organization working to bring greater transparency and accountability to industries that extract natural resources accepted the U.S. as a candidate for membership at a meeting of its board today in Oslo, Norway.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 9, 2014

By Mia Steinle

Once Plagued by Scandal, Interior Dept. Promotes Good Ethics



Ethics Book The Interior Department's plain English guide to ethics is an encouraging improvement from a government agency once plagued by scandals.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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