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Jayni Foley Hein

Policy Director

Jayni Foley Hein is the Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches Natural Resources Law & Policy. She has authored numerous reports and academic articles on natural resources and climate change topics. From 2011 to 2014, she served as Executive Director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Previously, she served as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco, where her practice focused on environmental and regulatory law. Her writing and commentary has appeared in diverse media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia. She can be reached at or (212) 992-8182.



Coal Royalties: Historical Uses and Justifications – September 2016

Self-Bonding in an Era of Coal Bankruptcy: Recommendations for Reform – August 2016

Priorities for Federal Coal Reform: Twelve Policy and Procedural Goals for the Programmatic Review – June 2016

Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal: How the Interior Department Can Use Economic Tools to Modernize the Federal Coal Program – December 2015

Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act – January 2016

Reconsidering Coal’s Fair Market Value: The Social Costs of Coal Production and the Need for Fiscal Reform – October 2015

Harmonizing Preservation and Production: How Modernizing the Department of the Interior’s Fiscal Terms for Oil, Gas, and Coal Leases Can Ensure a Fair Return to the American Public – June 2015

Policy Briefs

Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal – December 2015

Capturing Value: Science and Strategies to Curb Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Sector – December 2014

Academic Articles

Next Steps to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing – June 2016

Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act – June 2016


Taxpayers Get a Bad Deal With the Federal Coal Program. Let’s Fix It. – The Hill, January 2017

Interior Dept. Needs to Review Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program – The Hill, April 2016

Recouping Coal’s Costs to Taxpayers – The Hill, January 2016

Arctic Offshore Leasing Put On Ice – The Hill, October 2015

Reconsidering coal’s fair market value – The Hill, October 2015

Oil companies are drilling on public land for the price of a cup of coffee. Here’s why that should change. – The Washington Post, June 2015

New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk – The Hill, May 2015

New EPA methane rules are a good start, but work isn’t done – The Hill, January 2015

Curbing fugitive methane costs little, buys time on climate change – The Hill, December 2014

The Right Option For Offshore Leasing – The Hill, September 2014

Trains and Crude Oil Are Too Often An Accident Waiting to Happen – The Los Angeles Times, May 2014