FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
SIERRA CLUB STATEMENT ON U.S. REPRESENTATIVE ED MARKEY'S AUDIT REQUEST TO GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) FOR COAL LEASING PROGRAM
WASHINGTON- Today Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct its first review of the government’s coal leasing program since 1994.
In Response, Bill Corcoran, Western Regional Director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign issued this statement:
"The Sierra Club applauds Rep. Ed Markey for requesting that the GAO audit the Bureau of Land Management's leasing of coal in the Powder River Basin. After operating without any independent oversight for nearly a generation, the federal government's coal leasing program is in desperate need of review and reform. Federal leases have allowed international coal companies to tie up billions of tons of American coal in the hopes of shipping it overseas, and with unknown consequences for American families. Rep. Markey's request to the GAO should shine a light on these outdated leasing practices that threaten the health, environment, and economic well-being of communities across the country."