Are US Coal Companies Illegally Avoiding Paying Royalties?
Two influential U.S. senators have asked the Interior Department to examine whether coal companies are dodging hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty payments on lucrative sales to Asia.
The lawmakers who lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee want officials to find out whether miners are short-changing taxpayers when they tap the coal-rich Powder River Basin in eastern Montana and Wyoming.
The basin is mainly federal land and so taxpayers are due a share of those sales.
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