Inspector General probes Indian royalty collection
The Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department is investigating royalty collections on Indian lands, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The investigation appears to focus on under-reporting by energy companies. One of the targets is a drilling operation in Utah, an OIG official told the paper.

"We are just beginning to wrap our arms around this," Kris Kolesnik said. "We have indicated to [Congress] that the next place to look is onshore. But we'll need more resources."

The investigation is looking at royalty collections on Indian lands and on Bureau of Land Management properties.

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Second probe targets Utah operation (The Salt Lake Tribune 9/12)

OIG Reports:
Gregory W. Smith | MMS Oil Marketing Group - Lakewood | Federal Business Solutions Contracts

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