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October 6, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Ruling Limits Government’s Power to Police Offshore Drilling



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill An appeals court has ruled that the government cannot use a major set of safety and environmental regulations to prosecute offshore drilling contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, 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

October 7, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Taxpayers Closer to Getting Fair Return on Public Natural Resources



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell The troubled Royalty-In-Kind program, which benefitted corporations that were extracting resources from public lands, was successfully terminated. But the job’s not done: the Bureau of Land Management needs to prioritize getting taxpayers a fair return on the use of renewable energies on federal lands. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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

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