Feds distribute revenues from energy production on federal, Indian land

The Interior Department said it distributed $13.4 billion to various government entities from energy production on federal and American Indian land.

The money is from fees and royalties on production of oil, gas, coal and other minerals during fiscal 2014, which ended Sept. 30.

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Federal, state and local government agencies receive percentages of federal-land energy royalties, while Indian tribes get all revenues from their own land.

“Revenue generated from developing public energy resources that belong to all Americans helps fund critical investments in communities across the United States and creates American jobs, fosters land and water conservation efforts, improves critical infrastructure, and supports education,” Interior Secretary Sally JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellOvernight Energy: Zinke extends mining ban near Yellowstone | UN report offers dire climate warning | Trump expected to lift ethanol restrictions Zinke extends mining ban near Yellowstone Blind focus on ‘energy dominance’ may cripple Endangered Species Act MORE said in a statement.

“This year’s disbursements continue to reflect significant energy production from public and tribal lands in the United States.”

The payouts to Indian tribes totaled $1.1 billion, the first time annual revenues have topped $1 billion and an increase of more than $200 million from 2013, Interior said.

That was mainly due to increased oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to three tribes in North Dakota, which has seen a recent explosion in energy production.

Interior distributes revenues each month.