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Primary Member, Academia and Public Interest Groups, Royalty Policy Committee

Daniel Rusz was named as a primary member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Daniel Rusz, who attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and to receive his MBA, began work at transportation supplier CSX Corporation in 1984, where he worked until 1995. In 1996, he worked a brief stint as a contract administrator at Dominion Energy Virginia, which is a subsidiary of energy company Dominion Energy. From 1998 to 2008, Daniel Rusz was the Director of Sales Finance for Massey Energy—a coal company that in 2010 was responsible for the “worst mining disaster in the United States in 40 years” when an explosion at one of Massey’s mines killed 29 people. In 2016 Don Blankenship, Massey’s CEO, was “sentenced to a year in federal prison for conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards.” Since 2008, Rusz has worked at Wood Mackenzie, a “mining industry research firm” whose “clients include international and national energy and metals companies, as well as financial institutions and governments,” where he has held various roles including: “Senior Coal Analyst,” “Senior Research Manager- Americas Mining & Metals,” and “Research Director – Americas Coal, Iron Ore & Steel Supply.” Since 2016, he has been Wood MacKenzie’s “Research Director – Coal Markets and Supply.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, LinkedIn Profile for Daniel Rusz, accessed 09/19/17, “Company Overview,” CSX, accessed 09/19/17, “Company Overview of Dominion Virginia Power,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/19/17, “Company Overview of Dominion Energy, Inc.,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/19/17, Tim Murphy, “The Epic Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Coal Baron,” Mother Jones, 09/30/15, Dana Ford, “Don Blankenship, ex-Massey Energy CEO, sentenced to a year in prison,” CNN, 04/06/16, Mead Gruver, “Plans for major new Wyoming mine buck pessimism about coal,” Associated Press, 02/07/15, and “About,” Wood Mackenzie, accessed 09/18/17]

Special Interests

Domion Energy (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Rusz worked as a contract administrator at Dominion Energy Virginia, which is a subsidiary of energy company Dominion Energy.

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Wood Mackenzie (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Rusz works at Wood Mackenzie, a mining industry research firm whose clients include international and national energy and metals companies.

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Massey Energy (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Rusz worked at coal company Massey Energy. Shortly after Rusz left Massey, it was responsible for the "worst mining disaster in the United States in 40 years" when an explosion at one of Massey's mines killed 29 people.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Dominion Energy Virginia

CSX 

Massey Energy

Wood Mackenzie