Judge Slams DOI In Royalty Committee Suit But Trims Claims
Law360 (January 25, 2019, 7:02 PM EST) -- A U.S. Department of the Interior committee that advises on federal mineral royalty policies dodged environmentalists’ claims that the committee is stacked with industry representatives and biased towards business interests, but the judge overseeing the case expressed reservations about his ruling.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Thursday dismissed the Western Organization of Resource Council’s claims that the DOI’s Royalty Policy Committee, which advises on how to determine fair market value for energy and mineral resources on federal and Indian lands, violates the “fair membership balance” and “inappropriate influence” provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Judge Molloy said the case highlights the...
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