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Land ownership

Natural resource extraction varies widely from state to state. In Louisiana, extractive industries accounted for 5.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, and jobs in the extractive industries made up 2.3% of statewide employment.

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). Many USEITI datasets only cover natural resource extraction on federal land, which represents 4.6% of all land in Louisiana.

Louisiana also borders an offshore area with significant natural resource extraction, which may contribute to the state’s economy. For production and revenue data about offshore extraction near Louisiana, see the Gulf of Mexico.

For a detailed view of how natural gas production affects communities in Louisiana, read the DeSoto Parish case study.

Production

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

Louisiana ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for production of:

  • Natural gas: #5 in the nation (5% of U.S. production)

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

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

Coal

0 short tons of coal were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

Hydroelectric

999,036 megawatt hours of hydroelectric energy were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

Crude oil

62,881,000 barrels of crude oil were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

Natural gas

1,941,727,000 mcf of natural gas were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

Other biomass

97,566 megawatt hours of other biomass energy were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

Wood-derived fuel

2,631,180 megawatt hours of wood-derived fuel energy were produced in Louisiana in 2015.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects detailed data about natural resource production on federal land in Louisiana.
Data and documentation

Gas

14,903,958 mcf of gas were produced on federal land in Louisiana in 2015.

Parish production

Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Caldwell Parish Cameron Parish Claiborne Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Lafourche Parish La Salle Parish Lincoln Parish Morehouse Parish Natchitoches Parish Ouachita Parish Plaquemines Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish St. Martin Parish St. Mary Parish Terrebonne Parish Union Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Webster Parish Winn Parish West Delta South Pass Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Caldwell Parish Cameron Parish Claiborne Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Lafourche Parish La Salle Parish Lincoln Parish Morehouse Parish Natchitoches Parish Ouachita Parish Plaquemines Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish St. Martin Parish St. Mary Parish Terrebonne Parish Union Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Webster Parish Winn Parish West Delta South Pass
Parish production of gas in 2015 (mcf)

Oil

246,668 barrels of oil were produced on federal land in Louisiana in 2015.

Parish production

Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Cameron Parish Claiborne Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Grant Parish Lafourche Parish La Salle Parish Lincoln Parish Natchitoches Parish Plaquemines Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish St. Martin Parish St. Mary Parish Terrebonne Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Webster Parish Winn Parish West Delta South Pass Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Cameron Parish Claiborne Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Grant Parish Lafourche Parish La Salle Parish Lincoln Parish Natchitoches Parish Plaquemines Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish St. Martin Parish St. Mary Parish Terrebonne Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Webster Parish Winn Parish West Delta South Pass
Parish production of oil in 2015 (bbl)

Revenue

Companies pay a wide range of fees, rates, and taxes to extract natural resources in the United States. What companies pay to federal, state, and local governments often depends on who owns the natural resources.

Natural resource extraction can lead to federal revenue in two ways: non-tax revenue and tax revenue. Most USEITI data is about non-tax revenue from extractive industry activities on federal land.
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Revenue from production on federal land by resource

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).

For details about the laws and policies that govern how rights are awarded to companies and what they pay to extract natural resources on federal land: coal, oil and gas, renewable resources, and hardrock minerals.

The federal government collects different kinds of fees at each phase of natural resource extraction. This chart shows how much federal revenue was collected in 2015 for production or potential production of natural resources on federal land in Louisiana, broken down by phase of production.

Commodity 1. Securing rights 2. Before production 3. During production Other revenue
Oil and Gas
Oil & Gas
$6,670,519
$424,508 $427,691 Oil
$1,680,764
Gas
$4,156,785
NGL
$395,601
$-414,830
All commodities
All commodities
$6,670,519
$424,508 $427,691 $6,233,151 $-414,830

Most non-tax revenue collected by ONRR comes from counties with significant natural resources on federal land.
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All commodities

Companies paid $6,670,519 to produce natural resources on federal land in Louisiana in 2015.

Revenue collected by Parish

Avoyelles Beauregard Bienville Bossier Caddo Calcasieu Caldwell Cameron Claiborne Concordia De Soto E Btn Rouge Grant Iberville Jackson Jefferson Lafourche La Salle Lincoln Livingston Morehouse Natchitoches Orleans Ouachita Plaquemines Pt. Coupee Rapides Red River Sabine St Bernard St Charles St Martin St Mary Terrebonne Union Vermilion Vernon Webster Winn West Delta South Pass Avoyelles Beauregard Bienville Bossier Caddo Calcasieu Caldwell Cameron Claiborne Concordia De Soto E Btn Rouge Grant Iberville Jackson Jefferson Lafourche La Salle Lincoln Livingston Morehouse Natchitoches Orleans Ouachita Plaquemines Pt. Coupee Rapides Red River Sabine St Bernard St Charles St Martin St Mary Terrebonne Union Vermilion Vernon Webster Winn West Delta South Pass
Parish revenue in 2015

Federal tax revenue

Individuals and corporations (specifically C-corporations) pay income taxes to the IRS. Depending on company income, federal corporate income tax rates can range from 15–35%. Public policy provisions, such as tax expenditures, can decrease corporate income tax and other revenue payments in order to romote other policy goals.

Learn more about revenue from extraction on all lands and waters.

We don’t have detailed data about federal, state, or local revenue from natural resource extraction on land owned by Louisiana, corporations, or individuals. However, companies generally must pay state and local taxes.

Disbursements

After collecting revenue from natural resource extraction, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue distributes that money to different agencies, funds, and local governments for public use. This process is called “disbursement.”

Most federal revenue disbursements go into national funds. For detailed data about which expenditures and projects from those national funds are in Louisiana, see nationwide federal disbursements.

ONRR also disburses some revenue from natural resource extraction to state governments. In 2015, ONRR disbursed $14,477,499 to Louisiana. This included revenues from both onshore and offshore extraction in or near Louisiana:

  • $1,734,869 was from onshore revenues
  • $12,742,629 was from offshore revenues

Data and documentation

We don’t have detailed data about how states or local governments distribute revenue from natural resource extraction.

Economic impact

Data about each state’s gross domestic product comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Data and documentation

GDP (dollars)

In 2015, extractive industries accounted for 5.3% of Louisiana’s GDP, or $12,624,000,000

Wage and salary data, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, describes the number of people employed in natural resource extraction that receive wages or salaries from companies.
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Wage and salary jobs

In 2015, there were jobs in the extractive industries in Louisiana, and they accounted for 2.3% of statewide employment.

Parish wage and salary jobs

Acadia Parish Ascension Parish Assumption Parish Avoyelles Parish Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Calcasieu Parish Caldwell Parish Cameron Parish Catahoula Parish Claiborne Parish Concordia Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish East Feliciana Parish Evangeline Parish Franklin Parish Grant Parish Iberia Parish Iberville Parish Jackson Parish Jefferson Parish Jefferson Davis Parish Lafayette Parish Lafourche Parish LaSalle Parish Lincoln Parish Livingston Parish Natchitoches Parish Orleans Parish Ouachita Parish Plaquemines Parish Pointe Coupee Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish Richland Parish Sabine Parish St. Charles Parish St. James Parish St. John the Baptist Parish St. Landry Parish St. Mary Parish St. Tammany Parish Tangipahoa Parish Terrebonne Parish Union Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Washington Parish Webster Parish West Baton Rouge Parish Winn Parish Acadia Parish Ascension Parish Assumption Parish Avoyelles Parish Beauregard Parish Bienville Parish Bossier Parish Caddo Parish Calcasieu Parish Caldwell Parish Cameron Parish Catahoula Parish Claiborne Parish Concordia Parish De Soto Parish East Baton Rouge Parish East Feliciana Parish Evangeline Parish Franklin Parish Grant Parish Iberia Parish Iberville Parish Jackson Parish Jefferson Parish Jefferson Davis Parish Lafayette Parish Lafourche Parish LaSalle Parish Lincoln Parish Livingston Parish Natchitoches Parish Orleans Parish Ouachita Parish Plaquemines Parish Pointe Coupee Parish Rapides Parish Red River Parish Richland Parish Sabine Parish St. Charles Parish St. James Parish St. John the Baptist Parish St. Landry Parish St. Mary Parish St. Tammany Parish Tangipahoa Parish Terrebonne Parish Union Parish Vermilion Parish Vernon Parish Washington Parish Webster Parish West Baton Rouge Parish Winn Parish
Parish employment in extractive industries (jobs, 2015)

Self-employment data, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, describes people who work in natural resource extraction, but don’t receive wages or salaries because they own their own companies.
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Self-employment

In 2014, there were self-employed people working in the extractive industries in Louisiana.

The U.S. Census Bureau collects information about the top 25 exports in each state. In 2015, one or more natural resources ranked among the top 25 exports from Louisiana.
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Oil

$16,039,220,000 worth of oil was exported from Louisiana in 2015.

Coal

$229,630,000 worth of coal was exported from Louisiana in 2015.

Other nonenergy minerals

$232,260,000 worth of other nonenergy minerals was exported from Louisiana in 2015.

State governance

The USEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group identified Louisiana as a priority state and gathered additional information about state agencies and regulations that govern natural resource extraction in Louisiana: