Leasing of Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Resources
The BLM administers the leasing of minerals found beneath the 258 million surface acres managed by the Bureau, 57 million surface acres where the minerals are Federally owned but the surface is in non-Federal (mostly private) ownership, as well as another 385 million acres whose surface is managed by other Federal agencies. About half of these 700 million subsurface acres are believed to contain oil and/or natural gas.
Development of onshore Federal oil and natural gas resources
happens in five phases:
Numerous opportunities for public involvement during land use planning
and then during environmental review of specific projects help ensure
that development is both efficient and environmentally responsible.
Oil and gas resources found on U.S. Forest Service lands are leased under Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) developed by the Forest Service.
U.S. Forest Service Minerals & Geology Management
Royalties on Federal oil and gas are collected and disbursed
by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR).
ONRR Minerals Revenue - Statistical Information