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Obama Pauses New Coal Leases on Public Lands

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By Aaron Mintzes

January 19, 2016

Fresh off his State of the Union promise, the President’s Department of Interior (DOI) announced today a pause on new coal leasing while they make necessary updates to our coal leasing system.

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New Transparency Report Reveals How Much Extractive Industries Pay the Government

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By Aaron Mintzes

January 11, 2016

Last month, the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) published its first report. The good news is that the numbers match up well. A multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of industry, government, and civil society representatives decides which revenue streams the report will include. The Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) unilaterally disclosed all 2013 payments received from companies on public lands and waters. Unfortunately, only a disappointing 12% of eligible companies agreed to have their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) corporate income tax payments reconciled.

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