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February 27, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

Meet the Oil-Friendly Federal Panel that Could Give Drillers a Sweetheart Deal



RPC The oil, gas and mining industry has six voting seats out of 20 on the panel, known as the Royalty Policy Committee, and they predictably advocate for paying the public less. But industry’s voice on the committee is supposed to be balanced with perspective

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

February 26, 2018

By Laura Peterson

How an Influential Committee can Make Energy Royalties Great Again



Pump jack An influential committee meeting this week has the power to fix that system by implementing important reforms to the way the public is compensated for resources extracted from public land.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?



Wyoming coal mine 120 The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

November 3, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Interior Department Says Laws Prevent Greater Transparency…but They’re Wrong



Man working on drilling rig. The United States is bowing out of an international transparency initiative aimed at reducing corruption in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 17, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment



Joel Clement Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Health and Science

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