US Department of the Interior Natural Resources Revenue Data

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Alaska offshore region

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 Alaska offshore region.

Data and documentation

Gas

32,883,087 mcf of gas were produced in the Alaska offshore region in 2016.

Alaska offshore region production

Beaufort Sea Beaufort Sea

Alaska offshore region production of gas in 2016 (mcf)

Oil

563,708 barrels of oil were produced in the Alaska offshore region in 2016.

Alaska offshore region production

Beaufort Sea Beaufort Sea

Alaska offshore region production of oil in 2016 (bbl)

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 2016 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
$6,458,723
$0 $3,285,469 Oil $3,157,713 $15,541
All commodities
All commodities
$6,458,723
$0 $3,285,469 $3,157,713 $15,541

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.

Data and documentation

All commodities

Companies paid $6,458,723 to produce natural resources in the Alaska offshore region in 2016.

Revenue collected by offshore area

Chukchi Sea Beaufort Sea Chukchi Sea Beaufort Sea

Alaska offshore region revenue in 2016