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Colorado

Land ownership

Natural resource extraction varies widely from state to state. In Colorado, extractive industries accounted for 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.

Colorado leads the nation in production of:

    Natural resource ownership in the U.S. is closely tied to land ownership. Land can be owned by citizens, corporations, Indian tribes or individuals, or governments (for instance, federal, state, or local governments). Much of the data on this site is limited to natural resource extraction on federal land, which represents 35.9% of all land in Colorado.

    The state of Colorado chose to participate in an extended reporting process, so this page includes additional state revenue and disbursements data, as well as contextual information about state governance of natural resources.

    Production

    Energy production: The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes a profile of energy production and usage in Colorado.

    Nonenergy minerals: The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information about nonenergy mineral extraction in the USGS Minerals Yearbook for Colorado.

    The Energy Information Administration collects data about all energy-related natural resources produced on federal, state, and privately owned land.

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    Coal

    12,634,136 tons of coal were produced in 2016.

    Hydroelectric

    1,902,571 Mwh of hydroelectric were produced in 2016.

    Crude oil

    116,481,000 barrels of crude oil were produced in 2016.

    Natural gas

    1,701,735,000 Mcf of natural gas were produced in 2016.

    Other biomass

    76,483 Mwh of other biomass were produced in 2016.

    Solar

    538,109 Mwh of solar were produced in 2016.

    Wind

    9,421,204 Mwh of wind were produced in 2016.

    Wood-derived fuel

    85,822 Mwh of wood-derived fuel were produced in 2016.

    The Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects detailed data about natural resource production on federal land in Colorado.

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    Coal

    5,608,162 tons of coal were produced on federal land in Colorado in 2017.

    County production

    Delta CountyGarfield CountyGunnison CountyLa Plata CountyMoffat CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt CountyDelta CountyGarfield CountyGunnison CountyLa Plata CountyMoffat CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt County
    County production of coal in 2017 (tons)

    Gas

    652,892,991 mcf of gas were produced on federal land in Colorado in 2017.

    County production

    Adams CountyArapahoe CountyArchuleta CountyBaca CountyBent CountyBroomfield CountyCheyenne CountyDelta CountyDolores CountyFremont CountyGarfield CountyGrand CountyGunnison CountyHuerfano CountyJackson CountyKiowa CountyKit Carson CountyLa Plata CountyLarimer CountyLas Animas CountyLogan CountyMesa CountyMoffat CountyMontezuma CountyMorgan CountyPhillips CountyProwers CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt CountySan Miguel CountyWashington CountyWeld CountyYuma CountyAdams CountyArapahoe CountyArchuleta CountyBaca CountyBent CountyBroomfield CountyCheyenne CountyDelta CountyDolores CountyFremont CountyGarfield CountyGrand CountyGunnison CountyHuerfano CountyJackson CountyKiowa CountyKit Carson CountyLa Plata CountyLarimer CountyLas Animas CountyLogan CountyMesa CountyMoffat CountyMontezuma CountyMorgan CountyPhillips CountyProwers CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt CountySan Miguel CountyWashington CountyWeld CountyYuma County
    County production of gas in 2017 (mcf)

    Oil

    5,217,941 barrels of oil were produced on federal land in Colorado in 2017.

    County production

    Adams CountyArapahoe CountyBaca CountyBent CountyBroomfield CountyCheyenne CountyDelta CountyDolores CountyFremont CountyGarfield CountyGrand CountyGunnison CountyJackson CountyKiowa CountyKit Carson CountyLa Plata CountyLarimer CountyLogan CountyMesa CountyMoffat CountyMontezuma CountyMorgan CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt CountySan Miguel CountyWashington CountyWeld CountyAdams CountyArapahoe CountyBaca CountyBent CountyBroomfield CountyCheyenne CountyDelta CountyDolores CountyFremont CountyGarfield CountyGrand CountyGunnison CountyJackson CountyKiowa CountyKit Carson CountyLa Plata CountyLarimer CountyLogan CountyMesa CountyMoffat CountyMontezuma CountyMorgan CountyRio Blanco CountyRoutt CountySan Miguel CountyWashington CountyWeld County
    County production of oil in 2017 (bbl)