Friday, July 10, 2015

BLM schedules five public listening sessions on federal coal program

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a series of public listening sessions on the federal coal program to seek input about how the agency can best help taxpayers receive returns on coal resources managed by the federal government on their behalf. 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement: “I have heard many concerns about how the federal government leases coal, the amount of royalty charged and whether taxpayers are getting a fair return from public resources. These listening sessions are an opportunity to better understand how taxpayers, stakeholders and local communities perceive the federal government’s coal program today and how we can improve and strengthen it for future generations.”

Listening sessions will be held on July 29 in Washington, D.C.; Aug. 11 in Billings, Mont.; Aug. 13 in Gillette, Wyo.; Aug. 18 in Denver and Aug. 20 in Farmington, N.M. The Washington, D.C., and Denver listening sessions will be available by livestream by clicking here.

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