U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 04/10/13|
President Proposes $1.2 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2014 to Protect Resources and Manage Uses of Public Lands
WASHINGTON, DC – Focusing on renewable energy, safe and responsible mineral development, outdoor recreation and other key priorities, the President’s budget has requested $1.2 billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The request, announced today, represents a $32.6 million or 2.9 percent increase over the agency’s congressionally enacted FY 2012 budget.
“Today’s budget proposal reflects the need to continue to make wise investments in areas that help grow the economy and create jobs through the balanced use of our public lands,” said BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “It advances our efforts to reduce costs while meeting our vital commitments.”
The BLM, which manages more than 245 million acres of public land for conservation, energy development, and recreation, generated $4.6 billion in revenues in 2012, returning more than four dollars for every dollar spent on BLM operations. Kornze also noted that the BLM generates an estimated $151 billion in economic output for the nation and supports more than 756,000 jobs through extractive and recreational uses of public lands.
Under the President’s proposed budget for FY 2014, the BLM, which has about 10,250 full-time employees, will focus on the following priorities:
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, domestic oil and gas production has grown each year the President has been in office, with domestic oil production currently higher than any time in two decades and natural gas production at its highest level ever. Combined with recent declines in oil consumption, foreign oil imports are now lower than they have been in 20 years.
New Energy Frontier – The President’s 2014 budget request includes a program increase of $7.1 million for renewable energy planning, environmental studies, and geothermal management. The budget proposal also seeks $6 million to identify and designate energy transmission corridors to facilitate energy transmission to communities across the West and to support continued economic growth while sustaining healthy lands, water, and air. Under the President’s leadership, renewable electricity generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources has doubled over the last four years.
This funding will help to support continuing efforts that since 2009 have resulted in the authorization of 42 renewable energy projects on or affecting the public lands. If all of these projects are fully built, they could generate enough electricity to power roughly four million homes.
The President’s budget request also recognizes the critical economic role of America’s onshore Federal mineral estate, which accounts for 41 percent of domestic coal production, 13 percent of domestic natural gas production, and 5 percent of the nation’s oil production. Federal coal production alone supports roughly 20 percent of current U.S. electricity supplies.
Read the BLM 2014 Budget Highlights at: http://blm.gov/y2kd
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
|Last updated: 04-10-2013|
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