10 Things To Know About Leasing Coal On Public Land

EarthFix, Oregon Public Broadcasting, January 14, 2013

A senatorial investigation could shed new light on the ways companies influence the royalties they pay to extract coal from public lands. Photo credit:  Katie Campbell

A senatorial investigation could shed new light on the ways companies influence the royalties they pay to extract coal from public lands. Photo credit: Katie Campbell

One of Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s first moves as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was to seek an investigation into the royalties taxpayers get back for coal mined on public land.

At issue: Are coal companies paying artificially low compensation to taxpayers for the coal they’re extracting from public lands and sending to markets overseas?

Wyden sat down for an interview on the topic and said it comes down to two things:

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