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Onshore Access Brochure

Onshore Access Brochure

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America needs a balanced energy policy that promotes energy efficiency, conservation and greater supplies of all forms of energy, including domestic oil and natural gas. The industry has proven it can develop these resources safely and in an environmentally responsible manner in all regions, including on non-park federal lands.
America needs a balanced energy policy that promotes energy efficiency, conservation and greater supplies of all forms of energy, including domestic oil and natural gas. The industry has proven it can develop these resources safely and in an environmentally responsible manner in all regions, including on non-park federal lands.

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O
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to Oil and NaturalGasResources
As our economy rebounds, Americans are going to needall forms of energy, including the vast oil and natural gasresources here in America.
 
America needs a balanced energy policy that promotesenergy efficiency, conservation and greater supplies of all forms of energy, including domestic oil and natural gas.The industry has proven it can develop these resourcessafely and in an environmentally responsible manner inall regions, including on non-park federal lands.Production of resources from federal lands is essential to providing energy resources necessary to grow the U.S.economy, enhance U.S. energy security, spur the creationof new high-paying American jobs, increase revenue to the federal, state and local governments and improve the U.S. balance of trade. The United States spent $453billion on imported crude oil and other related petroleumproducts in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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According to an ICF International study, developing America’s vast domestic oil and natural gas resources that were kept off-limits by Congress for decades couldgenerate more than $1.7 trillion in government revenueover the life of the resources. Developing these resourceswill also provide 160,000 new jobs in 2030.
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That same new study estimates that if the federalgovernment opened up access to non-park federal landin both Alaska and a portion of the Rocky Mountainstates, in 2030 the United States could produce 1.125million barrels of oil per day and an additional 2.4 billioncubic feet of natural gas per day.
1U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, U.S. Census Bureau,U.S. Department of Commerce, February 11, 2008.2ICF International Study,
Strengthening Our Economy: The UntappedU.S. Oil and Gas Resources
, December 2008.3USGS Newsroom, April 10, 2008. 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically RecoverableOil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana.
There could be much more oil and natural gas onshore than previously known in areas where industry has beenunable to fully explore, and new technologies allow us to access resources previously thought unreachable.There are many examples of how the government’s initialestimates dramatically underestimated the amount of actual resources. For example:Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfield has produced more than15 billion barrels of oil and natural gas liquids, and isstill producing. Government agencies initially forecast the region would produce no more than 9 billion barrels total.In the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana, the U.S. Geological Survey now estimates that theresource may contain up to 4.3 billion barrels of  technical recoverable oil – a 25-fold increase overprevious estimates.
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Access to Domestic Sources
Oil and natural gas are vital to our energy and economic future.
Cover photo courtesy of Devon Energy.Photo courtesy of Richard Ranger.
 
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, in fiscalyear 2008, the agency distributed a record $23.4 billion to the federal government, states and American Indiansfrom onshore and offshore energy production. Nearly$22 billion of that amount came from oil and naturalgas production.A total of 35 states received $2.6 billion from theserevenues
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(see list below).
Benefitstothe States
Oil and natural gas resources are found in 33 states,and production on non-park federal lands has broughtbillions of dollars of revenue into federal and state treasuries.
These revenues include both the bonus bids companiespay up front to lease federal lands, both on land and infederal waters, as well as the royalties companies payon the production on these lands. By law, half of the oiland natural gas receipts collected for production in aparticular state are returned to that state.
Alabama$15,836,221.38*Alaska$38,556,903.53Arizona$266,834.26Arkansas$13,189,227.20California$103,445,963.15Colorado$178,377,966.07Florida$6,298.00Idaho$1,978,855.53Illinois$286,561.67Indiana$191.50Kansas$2,605,367.43Kentucky$508,473.37Louisiana$49,466,635.80*Michigan$1,171,444.97Minnesota$13,030.27Mississippi$1,572,333.15*Missouri $4,561,311.95Montana$48,943,889.42
3U.S. Department of the Interior, November 20, 2008, press release.
Nebraska $40,800.27Nevada$17,622,148.72New Mexico$614,829,204.51North Dakota$23,392,224.43Ohio $574,971.75Oklahoma$7,240,652.39Oregon$294,100.53Pennsylvania$69,368.41South Carolina$277.50South Dakota$1,200,905.81Tennessee $99.00Texas $21,674,057.42*Utah$173,839,327.76Virginia$227,154.44Washington$202,943.33West Virginia$776,251.48Wyoming$1,270,987,013.51
*Beginning in 2008 Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas receive 37.5 percent of all the revenue collected by the MMS from offshore leases in addition to the royalties fromonshore operations.

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