News | March 30, 2021

Interior Disburses Nearly $249M To Gulf States For Coastal Conservation, Restoration And Hurricane Protection Programs

The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced nearly $249M in Fiscal Year 2020 energy revenues to the four offshore Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS). These funds, disbursed annually based on oil and gas production revenue, are used to support coastal conservation and restoration projects, hurricane protection programs, and activities to implement marine and coastal resilience management plans.

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006 created a revenue-sharing model for oil- and gas-producing Gulf states to receive a portion of the revenue generated from oil and gas production offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The act also directs a portion of revenue to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Today’s action represents the second largest disbursement since the Department first began disbursing GOMESA revenues to states and their CPS in 2009. Since GOMESA’s passage, Interior has disbursed over $1B to the coastal states and their CPS to further conservation efforts of critical coastal wildlife habitats.

The following amounts were disbursed to states and their subdivisions:

State of Alabama and CPS

State of Alabama


Baldwin County


Mobile County




State of Louisiana and CPS

State of Louisiana


Assumption Parish


Calcasieu Parish


Cameron Parish


Iberia Parish


Jefferson Parish


Lafourche Parish


Livingston Parish


Orleans Parish


Plaquemines Parish


St. Bernard Parish


St. Charles Parish


St. James Parish


St. John the Baptist Parish


St. Martin Parish


St. Mary Parish


St. Tammany Parish


Tangipahoa Parish


Terrebonne Parish


Vermilion Parish




State of Mississippi and CPS

State of Mississippi


Hancock County


Harrison County


Jackson County




State of Texas and CPS

State of Texas


Aransas County


Brazoria County


Calhoun County


Cameron County


Chambers County


Galveston County


Harris County


Jackson County


Jefferson County


Kenedy County


Kleberg County


Matagorda County


Nueces County


Orange County


Refugio County


San Patricio County


Victoria County


Willacy County




GOMESA TOTAL: $248,908,108.28

GOMESA funds are derived from qualified oil and gas leasing revenues on the Outer Continental Shelf and disbursed in accordance with the revenue-sharing provisions of the GOMESA legislation. During FY 2020, Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed nearly $83M to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and nearly $360M to the U.S. Treasury from bonuses, rentals and royalties paid for from GOMESA leases. As required by the legislation, disbursements to the LWCF and Treasury are made in the same year of receipt; disbursements to the states and CPS are made the year following the year of receipt and subject to sequestration. The disbursements are subject to sequestration requirements under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) manages and ensures full payment of revenues owed for the development of the nation’s energy and natural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and onshore federal and Tribal lands. In performing this important fiduciary role, ONRR collects an average of over $10B dollars in annual revenue – one of the federal government's largest sources of non-tax revenue.

Revenue-sharing allocations and disbursement details for the FY 2020 receipts are available on the Department’s website at:

About The U.S. Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior