U.S. natural gas production from federal lands has declined substantially in recent years as producers have pursued shale gas plays, which typically are on non-federal lands. Meanwhile, the federal lands share of the nation’s crude oil production has also fallen as producers are drawn to more favorable geology and leasing practices on non-federal lands.
Those are the findings of a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) titled “U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production in Federal and Non-Federal Areas.”
Overall U.S. natural gas production has climbed by about 4 Tcf (19%) since fiscal 2009, while production from federal lands (onshore and offshore) fell by about 28%, according to CRS. “Natural gas production on non-federal lands grew by 33% over the same time period,” CRS said. “The big shale plays are primarily on non-federal lands and are attracting a significant portion of investment for natural gas development.”