Finance & Economics

Dodging clean up costs: Six tricks coal mining companies play

This report looks at six methods that coal companies operating in Australia currently use to avoid, minimize or delay their rehabilitation obligations in New South Wales and Queensland. The report finds that the existing legal framework allows public and private companies to rort the system by avoiding their rehabilitation responsibilities. The result is unnecessary, and in some cases extreme, costs that are borne by the taxpayer when proper rehabilitation is performed.

THE ECONOMICS OF COAL LEASING ON FEDERAL LANDS: Ensuring a fair return to taxpayers.

This report examines the market implications of changing royalty rates based on three potential approaches motivated by the current structure. It concludes the US Government’s federal lands coal leasing program costs taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue due to a flawed approach to valuing coal, inadequate oversight and major royalty loopholes.