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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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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DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing

March 20, 2015

DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing March 5th House Natural Resources Committee hearing on DOI’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee questions USFS Chief on FY2016 Budget Request

March 20, 2015

House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee questions USFS Chief on FY2016 Budget Request On March 3rd, the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)’s FY2016 budget request.... Read More

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Forest Service FY2016 Budget Request Examined by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

March 19, 2015

Forest Service FY2016 Budget Request Examined by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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Secretary Jewell discusses DOI FY16 Budget Request with House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee

March 19, 2015

Secretary Jewell discusses DOI FY16 Budget Request with House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee On February 25th, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary Mike Connor testified before the House... Read More

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Discusses DOI’s FY2016 Budget Request

March 19, 2015

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Discusses DOI’s FY2016 Budget Request At a February 24th Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Department of Interior (DOI)’s FY2016 budget request,... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and Other Taxpayer Groups Urge Termination of Money-Losing Timber Sales

March 18, 2015

TCS and Other Taxpayer Groups Urge Termination of Money-Losing Timber Sales On Wednesday, TCS led a coaltion of taxpayer advocacy groups in sending a letter to the House of Representatives supporting efforts by Rep.... Read More

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Money-Losing Timber Sales: Tongass National Forest

March 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (“USFS”) manages 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands collectively known as... 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

Reports & Data

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... Read More

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A Century of Subsidies for the Oil & Gas Industry

April 18, 2014

The oil and gas industry has been getting subsidies for almost a century. We can't afford special treatment for profitable companies. The time has come to end taxpayer subsidies for the industry.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

Taxpayers Left Out on a Limb

March 24, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Theodore Roosevelt created the Tongass National Forest in Southeastern Alaska through a presidential proclamation in 1907. It is now the... Read More

House Democrats Back Obama Plan to Halt Gulf Revenue Sharing

March 17, 2015 | Environment & Energy

House Democrats are quietly backing President Obama's bid to divert billions of dollars in future offshore oil and gas revenues from Gulf... Read More

Methane Gas Regulation to Impact New Mexico

March 17, 2015 | New Mexico Daily Lobo

New Mexico will likely be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama’s renewed effort mitigate climate change through the... Read More

Wicker Urges Obama to Drop Oil Revenue Plan

March 09, 2015 | USA Today

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and other Gulf Coast lawmakers wrote to President Barack Obama this week urging him not to pursue a... Read More

Gulf States Battle for Drilling Proceeds

March 03, 2015 | The Hill

Gulf Coast lawmakers are up in arms over an Obama administration proposal to reduce the money that their states receive for offshore oil and... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 20, 2015

High Risk for Waste

Alert! The Government Accountability Office – the nonpartisan watchdog arm of Congress – has released its “High... Read More