Coalition of states argues for mineral royalties

Posted: Apr 29, 2013

Written by

Laura Hancock, Casper Star-Tribune
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Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau has signed his name to a letter from a coalition representing lawmakers in 11 states that opposes the federal government’s withholding of some mineral royalties to energy-producing states as a result of federal budget cuts. In Wyoming, the amount that the feds are withholding amounts to $53 million.

In addition to Wyoming, members of the coalition are from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Members are like-minded legislators and it’s the legislators who are members, not the states they represent, said Roger Barrus, the coalition’s chairman and a member of the Utah House of Representatives.

They sent the letter to the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue, the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


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