In 2000, 32 percent of U.S. oil, 35 percent of natural gas, and 37 percent of coal were produced from federal lands, representing 20,000 producing oil and gas leases and 135 producing coal leases. Federal lands are also estimated to contain approximately 68 percent of all undiscovered U.S. oil reserves and 74 percent of undiscovered natural gas.
As the nation's largest public land manager (responsible for 106 million hectares of surface lands and 280 million hectares of mineral estate) and the agency responsible for leasing of most fossil fuels on federal lands, BLM has a particularly important role in maintaining U.S. supplies of conventional energy resources.
Energy on Public Lands
A teacher's guide to energy resources found on public lands and how they are managed by the BLM, with background information and classroom activities. Revised and updated in 2014 with expanded sections on renewable energy. Produced in partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED).
Energy: Fuel for Thought
This web version of an article in May 2002 Science and Children magazine outlines energy resources currently in use and explores resources that may power our future, with a focus on public land resources; includes poster and classroom activities.
BLM National Energy Office
Recommendations made in The National Energy Policy adopted by the President specifically affect some of the BLM's energy-related activities. The National Energy Office is responsible for implementing those recommendations.
Renewable Energy: POWERful Choices
BLM's electronic fieldtrip on renewable energy resources and the role of public lands in their development.
State and Field Office Pages
Online version of an energy education CD developed by BLM's Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
California - Energy Resources
Information on energy resources in California, including biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and oil and gas.