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Deadline for royalty policy committee nominations extended again

The U.S. Department of the Interior has extended the deadline for nominations for its Royalty Policy Committee until July 3.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke created the committee to examine the value taxpayers get for developing resources on federal and tribal lands, after the moratorium on new federal coal leases was lifted.

The committee will include up to 28 members, and officials from the Office of Natural Resources Revenue will chair it. The directors of the U.S. bureaus of Indian Affairs, Land Management, Ocean Energy Management, and Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as a representative of the secretary's Immediate Office and the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, will serve as nonvoting, ex officio members.

Nonfederal members will be appointed to three-year terms and will include up to six members representing the governors of states that receive more than $10 million yearly in royalty revenues from onshore and offshore federal leases; up to four members representing American Indian tribes engaging in activities subject to laws concerning tribal mineral development; up to six members representing various mineral and/or energy stakeholders in federal and Indian royalty policy; and up to four members representing academia and public interest groups.

Nominations should include a resume giving a description of the nominee's qualifications.

The committee will be terminated after two years unless it is renewed through review.

This is the second time the nomination deadline has been extended.