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Public lands and waters are taxpayer assets that Congress should manage to preserve their value, ensure a fair return from private interests using them for profit, and avoid future taxpayer liabilities. Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws. ...More

The General Mining Law of 1872 was partly intended to promote settlement of the West, but modern mining companies use it to extract valuable gold and copper from public lands without paying taxpayers a royalty. Taxpayers subsidize construction of forest roads intended primarily for profitable timber companies. Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.

Congress and the Administration should establish rents, royalties, and fees for private development of public land so taxpayers receive a fair return.

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Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule

November 15, 2016

Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) has updated rules in order to reduce the... Read More

Press Releases

Taxpayers Need Competitive Leasing for Wind and Solar Development on Federal Lands

November 10, 2016

Taxpayers Need Competitive Leasing for Wind and Solar Development on Federal Lands On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense issued the following news release:   Contact:  Michael... Read More

Our Take

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Press Releases

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas

August 11, 2016

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas WASHINGTON, DC —Federal taxpayers lost nearly $600 million in royalty revenues during a 10-year period ending in 2015 because of royalty... Read More

Our Take

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines

August 09, 2016

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in a new policy advisory to states on surface coal mining, says that coal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Comments on federal coal review

July 28, 2016

Comments on federal coal review Comments for the scoping period of the federal coal Programmatic EIS... Read More

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Correcting the Record: Federal Efforts to Curb Natural Gas Waste

July 15, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management recently proposed new rules to limit the practice of venting and flaring natural gas from oil and gas wells on... Read More

Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Time for a Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 13, 2016

In January, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

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

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Waste Not

November 23, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress must tighten waste standards for gas and oil companies and save taxpayers millions. For decades, oil and gas operators have leaked... Read More

BLM Rules for Gas Waste on Public Lands Meet Opposition

November 17, 2016 | Public News Service

DENVER – As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration's final days, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has finalized rules to reduce... Read More

Obama administration targets wasted revenue in new oil and gas rule

November 16, 2016 | ThinkProgress

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized a rule to reduce the massive amount of leaking methane from oil and gas operations on public... Read More

Does the Oil-and-Gas Industry Still Need Tax Breaks?

November 14, 2016 | Wall Street Journal

Those in favor say the incentives have benefited a sector critical to the U.S. economy; those opposed say that by playing favorites, the... Read More

Editorial: Ethanol is Bad for the Economy and the Environment

November 08, 2016 | Tyler Morning Telegraph

Is the end in sight for ethanol? We hope so. The consensus is clear; ethanol is not the green fuel it’s billed as, and the Environmental... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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December 02, 2016

Wasted Gas Giveaway

Part of President-elect Trump’s pitch was that he could run government more efficiently, with less waste by... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

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DOI Federal Coal Program

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