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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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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Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM!

July 05, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM! Make your voice heard on federal coal reform!   Coal mined on federal land belongs to all U.S. taxpayers and getting a fair return for its... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return

June 28, 2016

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return TCS Senior Program Director Autumn Hanna spoke today at a Dept. of Interior listening session on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado

June 23, 2016

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado Below are TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot's official remarks today at BLM's listening session in Grand Junction, Colorado on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements

May 24, 2016

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements Today, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis, is at the House Committee on Natural Resources testifying on a deal... Read More

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TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review

May 19, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, UT on... Read More

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TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review

May 17, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Casper, WY on ways it can... 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

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

BLM Proposed Royalty Rule on Wasted Natural Gas Would Benefit Taxpayers

July 19, 2016 | The Hill

If the heat escapes from your home, you still pay the power company for it. Oil and gas companies often lose a precious resource—natural... Read More

Big Coal Just Saw One Of Its Favorite Loopholes Closed

July 06, 2016 | Think Progress

The Obama Administration last week took a closely-watched first step in its effort to reform the federal coal program by issuing a rule that... Read More

White House Economists: American Taxpayers Are Getting Ripped-Off by Coal Leasing Program

July 05, 2016 | Circa

A new report released by the Council of Economic Advisers found the federal coal leasing program does not provide a fair return to... Read More

Rules Change for Energy Royalty Valuation

June 30, 2016 | The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO)

The Interior Department on Thursday released a new rule aimed at properly valuing coal, oil and gas for royalty purposes, particularly to... Read More

The Federal Coal Leasing Program

June 29, 2016 | WISR - It's Your Turn

Dave talks with Autumn Hanna, Senior Program Director at Taxpayers for Common Sense. The topic is the federal coal leasing program. Listen to... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

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DOI Federal Coal Program

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