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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Our Take

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program

April 05, 2016

BLM Begins Review of Federal Coal Leasing Program Last week the Department of Interior (DOI) released a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of the... Read More

Our Take

Lawmakers Question Interior’s FY17 Budget

March 23, 2016

Lawmakers Question Interior’s FY17 Budget Interior Secretary Jewell recently testified at hearings on the Dept. of Interior's FY17 budget request.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges BLM to Avoid Delays, Reduce Wasted Gas Now

March 14, 2016

TCS Urges BLM to Avoid Delays, Reduce Wasted Gas Now In January, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed new rules to limit the amount of gas being vented, flared, and leaked from oil and... Read More

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TCS President Ryan Alexander Tells BLM How to Improve Rule, Reduce Wasted Gas

March 03, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Tells BLM How to Improve Rule, Reduce Wasted Gas Bureau of Land Management held another in a series of listening sessions on its proposed rule to reduce wasted gas from oil and gas operations on federal lands. ... Read More

Our Take

TCS Speaks at Public Hearing on BLM Methane Rule

March 01, 2016

TCS Speaks at Public Hearing on BLM Methane Rule TCS Co-founder Jill Lancelot spoke today at the 3rd in a series of public forums on BLM's draft rule to minimize venting and flaring of natural gas on federal lands.... Read More

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TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot Comments on BLM Methane Rule

February 29, 2016

TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot Comments on BLM Methane Rule TCS Co-founder Jill Lancelot spoke today about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft rule to minimize natural gas waste from federal oil and gas operations. ... 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

My Turn: The Economic Reality of Alaska’s Timber Industry

April 06, 2016 | Juneau Empire

As an eco-tour business, The Boat Company is troubled by an column written by Southeast Conference that appeared March 30, 2016, in SitNews.... Read More

The Department of the Interior’s Budget Request

March 31, 2016 | Capital Insider

This month, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell attended a series of Congressional hearings and answered questions about her budget request for... Read More

Cheap Federal Coal Supports Largest U.S. Producers

March 17, 2016 | Inside Climate News

The top three coal companies in the U.S. mine the majority of their coal, as much as 88 percent of their total production, from land owned and... Read More

Opinion-Time Is Money: BLM Methane Waste Rules Should Be Finalized Soon

March 15, 2016 | Breaking Energy

What do Farmington, NM, Oklahoma City, Lakewood, CO and Dickinson, ND have in common? These cities are in the heart of oil and gas country,... Read More

Taxpayers Can’t Afford to Keep Paying for Lost Gas

March 09, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Last week, I travelled to Dickinson, North Dakota to speak at a Department of the Interior hearing on a rule to reduce wasted gas. Hearings... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 01, 2016

Fooled by Washington

Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary