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March 15, 2012

Fossil fuel production on federal lands at 9 year low

March 15, 2012
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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) just released its report, Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced on Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 Through FY 2011.[i] This report shows that total fossil fuel production on federal lands is falling, natural gas production on federal lands is falling, and oil production on federal land fell in 2011 ending two years of increase. Specifically the new EIA report shows:

  • Fossil fuel (coal, oil, and natural gas) production on Federal and Indian lands is the lowest in the 9 years EIA reports data and is 6 percent less than in fiscal year 2010.
  • Crude oil and lease condensate production on Federal and Indian lands is 13 percent lower than in fiscal year 2010.
  • Natural gas production on Federal and Indian lands is the lowest in the 9 years that EIA reports data and is 10 percent lower than in fiscal year 2010.
  • Natural gas plant liquids production on Federal and Indian lands is 3 percent lower than in fiscal year 2010.
  • Coal production on Federal and Indian lands is the lowest in the 9 years of data that EIA reported and is 2 percent lower than in fiscal year 2010.

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Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Lands

Crude oil production on Federal and Indian lands decreased 13 percent from 739 million barrels in fiscal year 2010 to 646 million barrels in fiscal year 2011. Production of crude oil on Federal lands is dominated by offshore production, which fell by 17 percent in fiscal year 2011, mostly notably due to government actions taken following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. These actions include a moratorium on offshore drilling by the Obama Administration, followed by a permit moratorium. Only recently has the Obama Administration leased any federal land offshore to oil and gas drilling.

 

Natural gas production on Federal and Indian lands decreased every year since fiscal year 2003, the earliest fiscal year EIA reported data. In fiscal year 2011, natural gas production on federal and Indian lands was 4,859 billion cubic feet, 10 percent less than in fiscal year 2010, and 31 percent less than in fiscal year 2003. Offshore natural gas production volumes have been on a consistent downward trend for the last 9 years, and are 63 percent less in fiscal year 2011 than in fiscal year 2003.

Natural gas plant liquids production on Federal and Indian lands peaked in fiscal year 2010 at 115 million barrels and declined to 111 million barrels in fiscal 2011, down 3 percent.

Coal production on Federal and Indian lands peaked at 509 million short tons in fiscal year 2008 and decreased each year since then. In fiscal year 2011, coal production on Federal and Indian lands was 470 million short tons, down 2 percent from fiscal year 2010 production and 8 percent from the peak in fiscal 2008.

 

Source: Energy Information Administration, Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced on Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 Through FY 2011, March 2012, http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/pdf/eia-federallandsales.pdf

Department of Interior Data

EIA received the data from the Office of Natural Resource Revenues (ONRR) in the Department of Interior. The data contain production on federal and Indian lands, both onshore and offshore.  They include production volumes for which royalties were paid and production volumes in which no royalties were paid due to lease provisions and/or production transferred to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve under the Royalty-in-Kind programs. According to ONRR, the data can change, but according to EIA, the big picture story will remain.

Conclusion

The big picture is clear that government policies undertaken by the Obama Administration have produced a significant decline in offshore oil production on federal lands in fiscal year 2011. That is certainly not a way to increase domestic production of oil and keep oil and thus gasoline prices in check.



[i] Energy Information Administration, Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced on Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 Through FY 2011, March 2012, http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/pdf/eia-federallandsales.pdf


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54 Responses to “Fossil fuel production on federal lands at 9 year low”

  1. binc on

    Google “Institute for Energy Rsources” and read that ” the big picture is clear that government policies undertaken by the Obama adiminstration have produced a significant decline in offshore oil production federal lands in fiscal year 2011″.  Long article complete with pretty colored graphs.  Of course those of you that refuse to admit you were wrong, way too large egos, will not check it out.  Those of you living in urban areas, you 20 something types that rely on public transportation feel nice and cozy, of course til you lose your jobs and end up stuck in mommy and daddy’s basement with no gas, no recourse for a future.  And it is coming children.  Those of older types that feel you can afford the high gas prices coming, remember that you don’t really live in your own little bubble and when those you depend on personally or professionally cannot afford gas, you too will be up the creek.

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  2. I_hate_crime on

    The high prices are every liberal’s dream: forced conservation. When Sarah Palin said “drill baby drill”  she was mocked. The president’s answer to high gas prices has been 1. check your tire pressure and  2. swamp algae.  Suddenly Palin seems a lot smarter.

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    • rfrapal on

      That pop you just heard was the BUBBLE in Obama’s cranium as these figures were released.  Sarah must be smiling from EAR TO EAR!

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  3. rfrapal on

    If I were Barack Hussein Obama (hmm hmm hmm) I would refrain with his blustering comments regarding drilling and oil production in the US.  These facts reveal this president for what everyone has suspected or voiced and that is namely that Obama is an EMPTY HAT!

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  4. Robin Rhea on

    Obama, increasing Energy Cost. Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Lands is at a 9 year low, according to a recent EIA (Energy Information  Administration} report. Quote from the report:
    Conclusion

    The big picture is clear that government policies undertaken by the
    Obama Administration have produced a significant decline in offshore oil
    production on federal lands in fiscal year 2011. That is certainly not a
    way to increase domestic production of oil and keep oil and thus
    gasoline prices in check.

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  5. Nik Schiffmann on

    Federal Lands?
    Who the heck came up with concept of “Federal Lands” anyway?
    Was it the National Park Constitutional Amendment? (or lack thereof?)
    Seriously, look at a map if the United States that shows property rights, and recognize how much land the federal government actually owns.
    We are all corralled into little cities like sheep!
    Forget about Cage-Free birds, what about Cage-Free humans?
    Half of the country is off-limits, thanks to the Federal Government.
    Truly, the government in Washington is now controlled by foreigners.
    Take a look at what percentage of the Dow Jones is owned by the Saudi Royal Family.
    All of these events are truly frightening.
    I wish libs would wake up, and start fighting for the people of America, instead of trees, Muslims, women’s rights, and religious censorship.

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    • Dean Nyffeler on

      Yes, the 11 western states/colonies were told that the lands within their borders would be sold. Then in 1979 the policy was changed by Federal lands policy and management act (FLPMA). Now they should be sold to the highest bidder until the debt is retired as has been done throughout this countries history since we became a republic.

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  6. Nancy on

    And unfortunately, non independent thinkers just believe whatever Chairman Obama says. Ugh. God forgive us and please help us; give us at least one more chance.

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  7. Lee Morrison on

    so does anybody else notice that the increase from 2006-2008 matched an increase in oil and gas prices? 2008 was the recent peak and 2008 also had record high gas prices…hmmmmm…has to make you wonder

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  8. Lee Morrison on

    and we do realize that EVERY president since nixon has had this very same talk about lowering our dependance on foreign oil and yet in those 40 or so years NOTHING has changed…so maybe the only REAL solution to the problem is to lower our dependance on oil all together…there are proven alternatives that the oil industry and commodities traders have gone out of their way to keep out of the american mind….but i guess for lazy americans to change their ways is asking WAY too much

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  9. Volunteer Beacon on

    just last night Obama said to this very charge “Not true Mr Governor, not true”. well liar liar pants on fire Obama, it is true. So how do you get yourself out of this one? doofus in chief!

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