The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the Department of the Interior (DOI), leases federal lands to private companies for the purpose of oil and gas development. Revenue derived from oil and gas production on federal lands is an important source of income for the treasury. But the current leasing and royalty collection system disproportionately benefits industry at the expense of taxpayers–minimizing returns and locking up federal lands.
Learn more about oil and gas development on federal lands and special interest tax breaks through the resources below.
At the end of fiscal year 2017, half of all federal acreage set aside for oil and gas leasing was tied up in non-producing leases, locking out other potential uses.
- Case Study: Taxpayers Lose in Noncompetitive Montana Lease Sale
- Report: Federal Oil and Gas Leasing: Getting a Fair Return from Rental Rates
- Graphic: Acres Offered in Federal Gas & Oil Lease Sales
- Graphic: Acreage Offered For Lease is Up from Four Year Average
- Report: The Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Process
- Fact Sheet: Arctic Refuge Leasing Revenues Don’t Add Up
- Report: The Cost of Speculation in Federal Oil and Gas Leases
DOI’s existing oil and gas management practices allow for oil and gas producers to leak, flare, and vent natural gas at an alarming rate. Much of this gas is lost without paying royalties, this means millions in lost revenue for taxpayers each year.
- Report: The State of Methane
- Report: Gas Giveaways – Methane Losses Are a Bad Deal for Taxpayers
- Weekly Wastebasket: A New Gas Rule That Stinks
- Analysis: Breakdown of the New Interior Methane Rule
- Comments: The Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 Methane Waste Rule
- Fact Sheet: BLM Methane Rule At Risk (2018 Update)
The Royalty Policy Committee
Reconvened in March of 2017, the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) is a Federal Advisory Committee made up of outside advisors, to evaluate current policies at DOI that govern the management of federal natural resources and to advise his department and sub-agencies on possible reforms to those policies.
- Quick Take: Recap of the Royalty Policy Committee’s Denver Meeting
- Comments: TCS President’s Comments Ahead of the Denver Royalty Policy Committee Meeting
- Quick Take: The Royalty Policy Committee’s Albuquerque Meeting
- The Third Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee
- Comments: Recommendations to the RPC from TCS President Ryan Alexander
- Quick Take: Energy Interests Dominate Interior Departments Royalty Policy Committee
The oil and gas industry has enjoyed special tax preferences since the early 20th Century. Read our analyses of the more than $70 billion in oil and gas tax subsidies still on the books.
- Analysis: Billions in Energy Tax Subsidies Left on the Books
- Report: Understanding Oil and Gas Subsidies
- Analysis: Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment
- Fact Sheet: Just the facts about the Effective Tax Rate for Oil & Gas Companies
- Report: Subsidy Gusher – Taxpayers Stuck With Massive Subsidies While Oil and Gas Profits Soar
- Report: Big Oil, Big Profits