US Department of the Interior Natural Resources Revenue Data

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Gulf of Mexico

Unlike land (which can be owned by states, local governments, corporations, or private individuals), the waters and submerged lands of the Outer Continental Shelf are entirely administered by the federal government. This means that all offshore drilling and renewable energy generation takes place in federal waters.

Production

ONRR collects detailed data about natural resources produced in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gas

Gulf of Mexico production

Gulf of Mexico production of gas in 2017 (mcf)
0 – 210m 210m – 420m 420m – 630m 630m – 830m

Oil

Gulf of Mexico production

Gulf of Mexico production of oil in 2017 (bbl)
0 – 130m 130m – 270m 270m – 400m 400m – 540m

Salt

Gulf of Mexico production

There is no data for Gulf in 2017. Select a new year to populate the map.

Federal revenue

Natural resource extraction can lead to federal revenue in two ways: non-tax revenue and tax revenue.

When companies extract natural resources on federal lands and waters, they pay royalties, rents, bonuses, and other fees, much like they would to any landowner. This non-tax revenue is collected and reported by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR).

Laws and policies govern how rights are awarded to companies and what they pay to extract natural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. For details, read more about the processes for offshore oil and gas or offshore renewable energy.

The federal government collects different kinds of fees at each phase of resource extraction. This chart shows how much federal revenue was collected in 2017 for production or potential production of natural resources on federal waters, broken down by phase of production.

Commodity 1. Securing rights 2. Before production 3. During production Other revenue
Oil and Gas
Oil & Gas
$3,779,379,758
$373,691,032
$111,130,182
Oil $2,926,018,143 Gas $257,608,362 NGL $78,275,487
$32,656,555
Offshore renewable energy
Wind
$900
$0
$900
$0
$0
Other products
Sulfur
$12,946
$0
$0
$0
$12,946
Sodium
$738
$0
$0
$738
$0
All commodities
All commodities
$3,779,394,333
$373,691,032
$111,131,082
$3,261,902,720
$32,669,500

Non-tax revenue collected by ONRR often depends on what resources are available, as well as the laws and regulations about extraction of each resource.

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All commodities

Revenue collected by offshore area

Gulf of Mexico revenue in 2017
$0 – $850m $850m – $1.7b $1.7b – $2.5b $2.5b – $3.4b