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Why one senator wants to halt US coal leases


September 19, 2014

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has renewed his call to suspend all sales of coal leases on federal land.  The Senator first called for this suspension in February after the Government Accountability Office issued its report detailing failures by the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management.  Some of the issues identified by the GAO include: sub-value sale of coal, sale without proper competitive bidding, and improper valuation of the coal.  These problems, and other systemic problems with the coal leasing system have cost the taxpayers $30B over the past 30 year.

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