Colorado received $169 million in the latest distribution of revenue generated by energy production on federal lands.
The U.S. Department of Interior disbursed a total of more than $13.4 billion in revenue generated by energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas for the 2014 fiscal year, with increases in state and Indian Country revenues over the prior year.
“Revenue generated from developing public energy resources that belong to all Americans helps fund critical investments in communities across the United States and creates American jobs, fosters land and water conservation efforts, improves critical infrastructure, and supports education,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “This year’s disbursements continue to reflect significant energy production from public and tribal lands in the United States.”
Colorado ranked fourth among the states in FY 2014 revenue behind Wyoming with $1 billion, New Mexico with $579 million and Utah with $171 million. The remaining top 10 states on the list were California with $100 million, North Dakota with $68 million, Montana with $38 million, Louisiana with $24 million, Alaska with $20 million and Texas with $12 million.
The disbursements also included more than $1 billion to American Indian tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, marking the first time disbursements from energy production on American Indian lands topped $1 billion.
The Interior Department distributes energy revenues to state, local, and federal accounts to support reclamation, conservation, recreation and historic preservation projects. Local governments apply the revenues to meet a variety of needs, ranging from school funding to infrastructure improvements and water conservation projects.