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July 10, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

How the House Almost Cheated Taxpayers Out of Billions



Oil drilling on public lands An amendment to prevent increasing onshore oil royalties nearly cost taxpayers $1.25 billion over the next 10 years.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 8, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

POGO Asks the House to Protect Oil and Gas Reform



Oil Rig in front of Sunset POGO urged the Members of the House of Representatives to vote against an amendment to HR 2822 that would prohibit the use of funds to increase oil and gas royalty rates, meaning that Americans could miss out on millions of dollars in revenue.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Bureau of Land Management Updating Drilling Royalty Rules



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California For decades, the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior has regulated the use of public lands for oil and gas drilling by private companies.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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 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

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