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June 20, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Oil, Gas, and Coal Law is Long Overdue Victory for Taxpayers



Coal Mine For the first time in decades, the federal government has majorly overhauled the way it determines how much money taxpayers receive from oil, gas, and coal extracted from federal lands.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

June 6, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Erin Brockovich Takes Stand for Water Dept. Transparency



Flint Michigan Water Tower Environmental advocate Erin Brockovich urges public to demand transparency from water management agencies on local and state levels. Her rallying message follows the Flint Water Crisis and an investigation by The Guardian.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Health and Science

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

April 22, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Contractors Paid Billions in Environmental Penalties



POGO graphic showing earth day violations by government contractors The Federal Contractor Misconduct Database reports a total of $38.7 billion paid by contractors in penalties for environmental violations.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Why is DOE Still Funding Fights against Whistleblowers?



Senator Ed Markey wrote to the Secretary of Energy seeking answers about the Department's practice of reimbursing legal costs incurred by contractors in cases where they committed illegal conduct such as discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

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