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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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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Press Releases

Taxpayers Win With Senate’s Refusal to use CRA on Methane Waste Rule

May 10, 2017

Taxpayers Win With Senate’s Refusal to use CRA on Methane Waste Rule Taxpayers for Common Sense issued the following press release following the Senate's disapproval to bring H.J.Res.36 up for a vote.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Protect Taxpayers from Millions in Lost Royalty Revenue: Vote No on H.J.Res.36

May 10, 2017

Protect Taxpayers from Millions in Lost Royalty Revenue: Vote No on H.J.Res.36 TCS sent the following letter to the Senate, telling Senators to not use the blunt axe of the CRA to repeal the BLM Methane Waste Rule. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Taxpayers Lose If Senate Uses Blunt Axe of the CRA to Repeal BLM Methane Waste Rule

May 08, 2017

Taxpayers Lose If Senate Uses Blunt Axe of the CRA to Repeal BLM Methane Waste Rule TCS sent the following letter early Monday morning to the Senate, telling Senators to not use the blunt axe of the CRA to repeal the BLM Methane Waste Rule. ... Read More

Our Take

Thank You, Sen. Graham, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests

April 26, 2017

Thank You, Sen. Graham, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests Last year, the Bureau of Land Management issued a new rule addressing the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal... Read More

Our Take

Thank You, Sen. Collins, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests

April 26, 2017

Thank You, Sen. Collins, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests Last year, the Bureau of Land Management issued a new rule addressing the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Congress: Using the CRA for Methane Rule Hurts Taxpayers

February 02, 2017

Letter to Congress: Using the CRA for Methane Rule Hurts Taxpayers Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions sent a letter to capitol hill early Thursday morning urging members... Read More

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Fact Sheets

How the New Methane Rule Benefits Taxpayers

January 06, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers mineral leasing on 245 million acres of public lands, including onshore federal oil and... Read More

Fact Sheets

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

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

Heitkamp: Why I Voted to Help Stop Wasting North Dakota’s Energy Resources

May 17, 2017 | Williston Herald

When North Dakota is blessed with natural resources like oil, gas, coal and wind, the last thing we want to do is waste them. That’s why I... Read More

Interior Department Vows to Amend Methane Rule After Setback

May 14, 2017 | Salon

The Department of Interior plans to try to roll back rules limiting methane pollution and waste from fossil fuel drilling on federal lands,... Read More

Environmentalists Celebrate Surprise Victory as Senate Upholds Obama-era Methane Rule

May 12, 2017 | Registrar Journal

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Republican senators were caught off-guard by the final vote. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey... Read More

Heitkamp Influenced by Tribe’s Position as Senate Fails to Repeal Federal Methane Rule

May 10, 2017 | WDAZ 8

WASHINGTON – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted Wednesday, May 10, against repealing a federal rule related to methane emissions, a... Read More

Taxpayers Lose if Congress Axes the Bureau of Land Management Methane Rule

May 09, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

I've written about the Bureau of Land Management's proposals to reduce methane waste before. It's hard to believe solving such an obvious... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 24, 2017

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

Burning Money Report

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