Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands
To proponents, the Trump administration is putting government-owned land to good use, with big returns for taxpayers. Nationally, oil production on federal lands is rising at an extraordinary pace, jumping 25 percent in the first seven months of this year compared with 2016, the last year of the Obama administration. That boom has driven up government revenue from lease sales and royalties collected from oil and gas production on federal lands, which is shared with the states. Wyoming received $669 million from federal oil, gas and coal sales last year, money it uses to help pay for its schools, roads and other needs. One federal lease sale in New Mexico last month brought in nearly $1 billion worth of bids, more than the total lease sale revenue from all sales nationwide in 2017. But the Interior Department has offered so much land through auctions in the last two years that the majority have failed to attract any bidders.
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