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January 15, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Victory for Taxpayers on Coal



Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI POGO has long been urging the Interior Department to update its outdated coal rules for mining on federal land. Today, the Department announced it would be halting coal leases while it undertakes a review of the federal coal program.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 29, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

POGO Urges SEC to Finally Act on Extractive Transparency



SEC Seal POGO and other civil society organizations wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of a rule requiring companies extracting natural resources from public lands to provide more data on specific projects.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 3, 2015

By Mia Steinle

It's Time to Update Coal Rules That Are Costing Taxpayers Millions



Coal Mine The rules governing what coal companies pay to extract natural resources from public lands haven't been changed in over 25 years.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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

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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 POGO investigator Mia Steinle talks about the woefully outdated royalty programs for the mining and drilling of natural resources on public lands.