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STATEMENT on the Interior Department’s new Royalty Policy Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Zinke stacks the deck against taxpayers

DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced members of a new “Royalty Policy Committee” which will advise the Interior Department on how to “modernize” public land management.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Talk about stacking the deck. This committee is hand-picked to give oil, gas, and coal companies what they want while ripping off taxpayers. The committee members from ‘Academia and Public Interest Groups’ don’t represent a single public interest group. The political members of the committee represent Republican governors, while states with Democratic governors don’t get a seat at the table.

“When Secretary Zinke took office, he inherited a department that had already taken large steps toward modernizing America’s oil and gas royalty rates, ensuring taxpayers get their fair share for resources owned by the American people. Under his leadership, the Interior Department has rolled back all of those programs, and replaced it with an advisory group that has collectively dedicated hundreds of years to drilling and mining on public lands and waters without regard for our air and water, or the best interests of taxpayers.”

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"He's more like a mad king. And this monarch has control over the crown jewels of America's #publiclands. They are not in safe hands." @SecretaryZinke
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"There is no scenario in which the United States could become self-sufficient — much less 'energy dominant' — in uranium." @MiriamWasser
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Walter Cruickshank, acting director of @Interior's BOEM contradicts @SecretaryZinke on Florida offshore drilling exemption. #FlipFlop ( https://t.co/WQGkjreOUc

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