Issues facing the future of Federal coal leasing report to the Congress by United States. General Accounting Office

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  • Coal mines and mining -- United States.,
  • Coal leases -- United States.

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Statementby the Comptroller General of the United States.
LC ClassificationsTN805 .A392 1979
The Physical Object
Pagination260 p. in various pagings ;
Number of Pages260
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4065379M
LC Control Number79603284

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As the new federal coal leasing program is implemented, the following complex issues must be considered: (1) how should a tradeoff analysis be performed when coal leasing goals conflict with environmental, socioeconomic, and economic goals; (2) who should pay the cost of achieving a balance among goals; and (3) can a less regulated private sector achieve timely, orderly, and efficient coal.

The coal leasing program offers companies 20 -year leases on Federal lands, and brings in revenue to Federal and State governments through three channels: (1) bonus bids from an auction for the right to lease land with coal resources, (2) land rental fee payments, and (3) production royalty.

The federal coal leasing program is just corporate welfare. One of the challenges to fossil fuel leasing reform is its lack of political appeal. Cara Hoffman’s books might help. As part of his climate change policies, former President Barack Obama imposed a moratorium on new federal coal leases induring which time his administration was to begin a new environmental review of the federal coal leasing program, including an.

9—Federal Coal Lease Management to an informal moratorium on further leasing of Federal coal in In the mora-torium was formalized by secretarial order but modifications provided for new leases to maintain existing mines or to supply near-term production to satisfy existing market de-mands.6 The Department of the Interior (DOI).

The United States’ federal coal leasing program has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, as communities impacted by coal mining and export proposals, taxpayer advocates, and environmental groups have questioned the ability of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure a fair return to US taxpayers and adjust to newer challenges such as climate change and coal export.

Yet federal coal leasing has been the source of controversy for decades. The first significant leasing of federal coal occurred in the s, but largely for speculative reasons. As criticisms of the BLM’s management of the program mounted, DOI imposed a moratorium on leasing to provide time to review the program and make needed changes.

A series listening sessions on the federal coal leasing program spurred participation and comment from groups on both sides of the issue.

The U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land. The Interior Department on Wednesday officially rolled back a major Obama administration coal initiative.

Secretary Ryan Zinke formally lifted the ban on new coal leasing on federal land, a policy. The BLM manages coal leasing on the Federal mineral estate with development potential, which totals about million acres, with the goal of providing a fair return for the American taxpayer while allowing environmentally responsible energy development.

Visit our coal data page for national and regional coal lease. Today, the Book Cliffs got a reprieve. The administration’s moratorium on new coal leases (expected to last about three years) will put Murray Energy’s plans to gobble up more federal coal.

A Montana federal judge on Friday agreed to consolidate two cases challenging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision in late March to lift the moratorium on the federal coal-leasing program. The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for coal leasing on about million acres of federal lands, which account for about 40% of the coal produced in the country.

Coal offers an overview of coal-related programs and recent budget trends and explores principal issues in future U.S. and foreign coal use. The volume evaluates DOE Fossil Energy R&D programs in such key areas as electric power generation and conversion of coal to clean fuels.

to be played by coal now under lease and from properly plan- ning future production and lease schedules in relation to National needs. We believe that these items are the critical ones upon which Interior and DOE should focus ii priority effort 3s they attempt to define a sound Federal coal leasing.

The Making of Federal Coal Policy provides a unique record of—as well as important future perspectives on—one of the most significant ideological conflicts in national policymaking in the last decade. The management of federally owned coal, almost one-third of the U.S.'s total coal resources, has furnished an arena for the contest between energy development and environmental protection, as.

The Interior Department, then led by Sally Jewell, paused the sale of new coal leases on federal land in and launched a review of the coal program.

That study looked to ensure that leasing royalty rates properly account for the climate impact of burning the coal mined on federal lands. His penetrating analysis of the current issues in federal coal leasing could set a new course for an old program. —Robert K. Davis Former Head of Economics Staff, Office of the Secretary of the Interior.

Nelson’s expertise and insight into federal coal policy show on every page of this report. U.S. Comptroller General, Report to the Congress Issues Facing the Future of Federal Coal Leasing (Washington, D.C U.S.G.P O., J ), p. 11 - 1 Google Scholar.

Review of the unsuitability criteria in federal coal leasing. Washington, D.C.: The Bureau, (OCoLC) Material Type: Government publication, National government publication: Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: United States. Bureau of Land Management.; United States.

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Department's leasing program need revision, but, to make In- terior's task practicable, congressional action is also needed. "'Analysis of the 'Powder River Basin Federal Coal Lease Sale: Economic Valuation Improvements and Legislative Changes Needed" GAO/RCED, quate to assure the development of Federal coal lease tracts in an environmentally compatible manner.

Specific areas of concern relate to the role of regional leasing rates, the adequacy of pre-sale data and analyses, the application of the un-suitability criteria, the use of mitigation measures, the deferral of decisionmaking, the role of Re.

review of the federal coal program. While the review is underway, consistent with practices during previous programmatic reviews of the federal coal program, Secretary Jewell has ordered a pause on significant new coal leasing decisions on public lands so that those decisions and leases will have the benefit of the comprehensive review.

Federal coal leasing needs a major overhaul the Interior Department has already leased over 20 years of future coal production. Interior is deciding now the issues it will analyze during. Energy & Environment Utah Counties Sue Federal Government to Halt ‘Illegal’ Coal Leasing Moratorium In this article from Environment & Climate News, managing editor H.

Sterling Burnett reports on six Utah counties that are suing the U.S. Department of Interior in Federal District Court to overturn a moratorium on federal coal leases the. The production of federal coal accounts for more than 40 percent of all coal produced in the United States and is responsible for 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

While energy markets, communities, environmental conditions, and national priorities have undergone major changes in recent decades, the BLM’s management of the. Separately, the IG investigated the coal leasing process, the coal lease inspection and enforcement program, and the venting of methane gas from coal mines The report resulting from this latter IG investigation was released on Jand included a series of recommendations for changes to various aspects of the coal leasing program.

Industry publication SNL reports: “Following the release of a Greenpeace report critical of the federal coal leasing program, Cloud Peak Energy Inc., Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ended the federal government’s Obama-era moratorium on coal-mining leases on federal land. Zinke signed an order repealing the pause in leases Wednesday in his.

The problem is particularly acute for coal producers in the western states. Cloud Peak Energy, which mines coal in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, filed for bankruptcy protection partly due to the current challenges facing the coal market.

Even if utilities were stockpiling, those producers face the added pressure of actually getting coal to markets east of the Mississippi.

We have offered detailed comments for this hearing and have commented extensively in the past about the current program and the issues facing it. Fundamentally, the federal coal lease program no longer serves the financial interest of the public or the coal industry.

Others described the federal government as complicit in allowing the coal leasing program to be hijacked by a few coal corporations. The energy companies, they argue, have no regard for the climate, nor for dedicated miners now being laid off while CEOs of bankrupt companies pay themselves millions of dollars in bonuses.

Given that the use of federal coal generates 13 percent of U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions, federal coal policy also has important climate change implications.

Coal India Ltd.’s Journey and the future of coal. The big question facing the RE target for or coal target for then, is not of right ambition but that of proper adoption Start Date:   Because of coal's high carbon content, increasing use will exacerbate the problem of climate change unless coal plants are deployed with very high efficiency and large scale CCS is implemented.

CCS is the critical enabling technology because it allows significant reduction in CO2 emissions while allowing coal to meet future energy needs. The Obama administration's decision to revamp the coal leasing program will accelerate this clean energy growth, reducing the threat of climate.

Coal companies lease land from the government, often paying millions for the right to mine on federal land. It was a brisk business until recently.

In. The Senate, in a to vote today, approved a $ billion Interior Department spending bill that bars Interior Secretary James G. Watt from selling Federal coal leases for six months. The Mineral Leasing Act of and Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of require that federal coal leases be offered competitively.9 However, for decades, BLM has run a noncompetitive program that lacks transparency and oversight, and undervalues coal at a loss to the American taxpayer.

Federal coal lease that is not producing coal in commercial quantities and has been held for 10 or more disqualification also applies to all related business entities controlled by or under common control with the noncomplying coal potential impacts of section 3.

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The public's attitudes on these issues are particularly relevant as President Donald Trump has proposed rolling back environmental regulations affecting the energy industry, removing a moratorium on federal coal leasing and lowering emissions restrictions on the automobile industry.Joint Meeting: Gas Clean Coal.

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