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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 Yet much federal policy governing the use of these valuable public assets is based on grossly outdated laws.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 Outdated federal policies for managing and pricing scarce water supplies in the West result in unintended taxpayer costs.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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GAO Report: Inadequate Bonding Requirements for Wind and Solar Projects

July 02, 2015

GAO Report: Inadequate Bonding Requirements for Wind and Solar Projects Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s bonding requirements for... Read More

Event Summary

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program

June 23, 2015

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program TCS recently co-hosted a briefing with National Taxpayers Union and National Audubon Society on money-losing timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.... Read More

Statements

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions

June 11, 2015

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions It’s time we moved on from the mistakes of SARRA, and ensure taxpayers receive a fair return for minerals extracted on federal lands.... Read More

Our Take

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program

June 03, 2015

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program On May 29th the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its proposed Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field office, which includes... Read More

Our Take

Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings

May 18, 2015

Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings The Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee gathered on Wednesday, May 13th for a hearing on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s FY2016... Read More

Statements

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule

May 08, 2015

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule TCS sent the following comments to the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) on their proposed rule for Coal Valuation reform. Click... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry - June 2015

June 01, 2015

Profits and political spending of the oil and gas industry remained strong in 2014. According to the financial statements of some of the... 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

Fact Sheets

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

TCS appearances in the media in Natural Resources

Natural gas escaping into thin air

July 03, 2015 | Casper Star-Tribune

Oil and gas has long been an integral part of the nation’s economy, and in recent years advancements in drilling technology have enabled... Read More

Royally Shortchanged

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

It seems so obvious: Taxpayers should receive a fair return for our assets, including the development of oil and gas resources on public... Read More

Canary at the Coal Mine

May 08, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Secretary Sally Jewell’s comments on the need for the Department of Interior to get a fair market return for... Read More

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

DOI Addressing “Tectonic” Shifts in Energy Industry

March 18, 2015 | FierceEnergy

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently talked about changes in the energy industry and the opportunities and risks they represent,... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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June 19, 2015

Cutting Losses in the Tongass National Forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres of public forests and... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration