Ensure Fair Returns

The federal government must ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any use of publicly-owned assets. For example, taxpayers own vast amounts of land rich in natural resources, such as coal, oil, and even exposure to solar radiation. The government should not give these public resources away. ...More

The failure to capture fair market value for public assets is a waste of federal resources. Congress and the administration should establish rents, royalties, and fees to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any private development of public land. Competitive bidding, prompt development requirements, and robust verification procedures can also help establish fair returns to the public.

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Event Summary

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources

February 08, 2016

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources TCS and Project on Government Oversight hosted a panel discussion on how the federal government can better manage resources on federal lands.... Read More

Statements

Statement: Proposed Rule for Venting and Flaring

January 22, 2016

Statement: Proposed Rule for Venting and Flaring On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed new rules to limit the amount of gas being vented, flared, and leaked from oil and gas... Read More

Statements

TCS Applauds Federal Coal Program Review

January 20, 2016

TCS Applauds Federal Coal Program Review The ad below ran in the print edition of Politico on Wednesday, January 20th.... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement: Review of Federal Coal Program Is Welcome News

January 15, 2016

TCS Statement: Review of Federal Coal Program Is Welcome News On Friday, the Department of the Interior, the federal agency responsible for managing development of federal lands and waters, announced it... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter Urging Colorado Lawmakers to Act on Wasteful Venting and Flaring

December 14, 2015

Letter Urging Colorado Lawmakers to Act on Wasteful Venting and Flaring TCS sent the following letter to Colorado lawmakers urging them to speak out in favor of updating rules for how much natural gas may be wasted from drilling on public lands.... Read More

Our Take

U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass Timber Plan Proposes Increased Costs for Taxpayers

December 10, 2015

U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass Timber Plan Proposes Increased Costs for Taxpayers Taxpayers stand to lose $367.5 million over the next 15 years as a result of the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015

For centuries, coal producers in the U.S. regularly abandoned their mines when on-site operations ended, leaving tens of thousands of... Read More

Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate Royalties

May 08, 2015

Click [HERE] to view this fact sheet in PDF form.   Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate... Read More

Reports & Data

U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest Financials

March 16, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service publishes an annual report on its management of the Tongass National Forest, including a financial statement of what... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

Obama Administration Expands Climate Fight with Proposed Rules for Oil and Gas Drilling

January 27, 2016 | The Washington Post

The Obama administration took a step Friday toward plugging thousands of small methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the country,... Read More

Rep. Lipinski’s Bill to Require Full Payment of Royalties on Methane Gets a Boost

January 27, 2016 | The Chicago Tribune

Congressman Dan Lipinski's (IL-3) bill that would lead to a more efficient use of natural resources, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,... Read More

Trickling Away: Multiple Voices Express Concern over Lost Gas on Federal Lands

January 22, 2016 | The Dickinson Press

An environmental organization, western North Dakota Native Americans and a taxpayer watchdog group are all calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land... Read More

Demanding the Right to a Free Ride

January 21, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

I've written about the strange tale of Cliven Bundy and his rip off of American taxpayers on these pages before, so over the past few weeks... Read More

Obama Pauses All New Federal Coal Leases; Industry Calls It ‘Political Exercise’

January 21, 2016 | SNL Energy

The Obama administration will put a pause on all new federal coal leases while it reviews its program's methods for reviewing environmental... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

January 29, 2016

Taming the Wild Wild Waste

Last week, while we at TCS were bracing for two feet of snow, the Department of the Interior quietly released a... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary