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Fossil fuels production from federal and Indian lands

Oilfield Technology,

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), sales volumes of fossil fuels from production on federal and Indian lands in fiscal year (FY) 2013 dropped from 7% compared to FY 2012.

Crude oil production on federal lands increased slightly in FY 2013, but the increase was more than offset by decreases in coal, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production.

Sales of fossil fuels from federal and Indian lands accounted for approximately 26% of total fossil fuels sales volumes in the US last year. Since FY 2003, sales of fossil fuels produced on federal and Indian lands have fallen 21%, driven by declines in natural gas production and coal production.

From FY 2003 to FY 2013, total US fossil fuels production increased by 14%, with a 34% increase in production from non-federal, non-Indian lands offsetting the decline from federal and Indian lands.

One of the main drivers in decline is the drop in offshore natural gas production, even as total US natural gas production has grown rapidly because of rising production from onshore shale resources on private lands. Federal onshore natural gas sales volumes have generally increased over FY 2003 – 2013, overtaking federal offshore production.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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