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August 14, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

Americans Need Greater Extractive Industry Transparency



Oil worker in front of computers at an oil rig A letter from a leading economist illustrates that releasing more data on the extraction of resources from public lands does not harm companies in the competitive marketplace.

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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 29, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Loopholes and exemptions in the rules governing companies that mine coal on public lands cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue each year, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) told Department of Interior leadership today.

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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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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.