CMA to BLM – Lift the Coal Leasing Moratorium – Coal Mines Pay Above Market Royalty Rates on Federal Coal

CMA filed comments last week on the Bureau of Land Management’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the coal leasing program.   Noting that coal producers already pay above market royalty rates, and that coal production in Colorado resulted in the payment of royalties exceeding $40 million in 2015, CMA and the industry took issue with the BLM’s assumption that major changes in the leasing and royalty management programs are needed.     Both the General Accounting Office and the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General conducted a comprehensive review concluding that the program did not require major changes.

Read CMA’s Comment Letter Here