News | February 12, 2020

Oil Production From Department Of The Interior Managed Leases Surpasses 1 Billion Barrels For The First Time In History Under The Trump Administration

The Department of the Interior announced today that over one billion barrels of oil were produced in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 from leases on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas – a historic milestone. This is greater than a 29 percent increase in production compared to the end of the previous Administration, which totaled 808.7 million barrels in FY 2016, and represents a 122.5-million-barrel increase in production compared to FY 2018.

On American Indian-owned lands, oil production increased to 92.26 million barrels and is over 52 percent more production than in FY 2016.

“The Trump Administration continues to appropriately develop our natural resources and be great stewards of conservation, benefiting all Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “Disbursements paid to states and Tribes from oil lease revenues go right back to the communities where the energy was produced, providing critical funding for schools, public services, conservation improvements, coastal restoration and infrastructure projects that create good-paying American jobs.”

At the beginning of his Administration, President Trump issued two executive orders regarding energy development: “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” and “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” These EOs have served as a blueprint for the Department, driving the implementation of common sense regulatory changes and improved internal processes to more efficiently issue permits. These actions have helped to propel secure and reliable American energy on public lands and waters in a responsible manner – a prerequisite to a safer and more prosperous America and a boon to American conservation.

Royalty revenues collected in FY 2019 from oil production on Interior-managed lands increased by 21 percent over FY 2018 to $7.5B, continuing a successful upward trend for the Trump Administration. These revenues from producing oil leases increased by $1.3B in comparison to FY 2018 and are 122 percent higher than at the end of the previous Administration in FY 2016.

Often the second-highest generator of federal income following taxes, energy revenue disbursements are a critical source of funding to states, American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, as well as to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Reclamation Fund, Historic Preservation Fund and the U.S. Treasury. Accounting for all energy production on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas, total revenues collected last year increased by 31 percent to approximately $12B, nearly double that of FY 16 revenues.

The more than $1B disbursed to American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners is more than double the disbursements paid in FY 2016. The revenues disbursed to the 33 federally recognized American Indian Tribes and approximately 37,000 individual Indian mineral owners represent 100 percent of the revenues received from energy and mineral production activities on Indian lands. Tribes use these revenues to develop infrastructure, provide healthcare and education and support other critical community development programs, such as senior centers, public safety projects and youth initiatives.

In evaluating the overall impact of energy development on public lands, the Department released an economic impact report for FY 2018. From the report, oil and gas produced from Department-managed public lands and waters supported an estimated $85.4B in value added, $139B in economic output and 607,000 jobs.

Fiscal Year Total U.S. Production 1 Average Price per Barrel 2 Total DOI Production 3 Non DOI Production 4 DOI Production % of Total U.S. Production Total Federal Production 3 Federal Offshore Production 3 Federal Onshore Production 3 Native American Production 3
2010 1,988 $ 77.28 724 1,264 36.4% 709 603 106 15
2011 2,033 $ 92.90 658 1,374 32.4% 636 525 112 22
2012 2,289 $ 95.71 632 1,657 27.6% 599 476 123 33
2013 2,659 $ 95.65 672 1,987 25.3% 623 488 135 49
2014 3,068 $ 99.07 723 2,345 23.6% 664 514 150 60
2015 3,450 $ 56.54 796 2,654 23.1% 733 555 178 64
2016 3,280 $ 41.54 809 2,471 24.7% 748 583 165 60
2017 3,316 $ 49.42 870 2,447 26.2% 802 629 173 68
2018 3,828 $ 63.91 923 2,906 24.1% 838 621 217 84
2019 4,383 $ 57.49 1,045 3,337 23.8% 953 685 268 92

1 EIA data as-of 12/31/19
2 Average NYMEX CMA WTI (Oil)
3 ONRR data as-of 1/6/2020
4 Non-DOI production includes production on State and Private lands

All federal, non-renewable energy revenues are collected, accounted for, analyzed, audited and disbursed by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue from energy and mineral leases and other monies owed for the use of public resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf and onshore Federal and American Indian lands. All production, revenue and disbursement data are available on the Natural Resources Revenue Data portal located at

About The U.S. Department of Interior
The Department of the Interior 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: The U.S. Department of the Interior