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Members of Congress Question Interior Department re: Royalties

July 24, 2006 


Six members of Congress issued a letter this week to the Interior Department questioning its methods for collecting gas royalties. Signing the letter were Representatives Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Maurice Hinchey (D-MA), George Miller (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The questions posed by the letter concerned allegations made by an industry whistleblower, Jack Grynberg of Grynberg Petroleum who has a multi-billion False Claims Act lawsuit pending over gas royalty underpayments. Grynberg has proposed several changes in how oil, natural gas, and other resources are accounted for so their true value can be accurately reflected.  These changes would ensure that taxpayers and Native Americans receive the full royalties they are owed.

On May 31, 2006 , Mr. Grynberg was featured on a National Public Radio segment which can be heard here. 

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