Report: Oil production on federal lands falls, again

posted at 6:06 pm on March 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

America’s domestic oil-and-gas production is going bananas, and it’s largely thanks to advances in technology and expanded drilling on private and state-owned lands.

President Obama, however, is pretty fond of implying that the credit for the oil-and-gas industry going gangbusters belongs mostly to his policies. For much of 2012, he deliberately misused statistics that made it sound like “oil production is the highest it’s been in eight years” and “we’re importing less and less oil” was all him, and as recently as his last State of the Union he was insisting that “my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits… In fact, much of our newfound energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together.”

No. A thousand times, no.

Via the Daily Caller:

report by the Congressional Research Service shows that oil production on federal lands took another dip in 2012, while overall U.S. oil production has exploded due to increased production on private and state lands.

“All of the increased production from FY2007 to FY2012 took place on non-federal lands, causing the federal share of total U.S. crude oil production to fall by about seven percentage points,” according to the report. “Overall, U.S. natural gas production rose by four trillion cubic feet (tcf) or 20% since 2007, while production on federal lands (onshore and offshore) fell by about 33% and production on non-federal lands grew by 40%.”

Since President Obama took office, oil and natural gas production on private and state lands has increased. In 2009, non-federal lands produced 3,487,800 barrels of oil per day which grew to 4,580,800 barrels per day last year. Non-federal lands produced 16,233 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2009 and expanded to 20,242 billion cubic feet in 2012.

It was a good effort to spin the facts, but you just got called out. Tough break.

“Where the states have been in charge, we have seen energy development boom in a safe and responsible way, but under federal control we have seen a sharp decline in production. A web of red tape and a backlog of delayed permits are blocking important energy production opportunities on federal lands,” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said in a Tuesday statement.


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Let me put on my surprise face. I’m only drilling on private land for all the reasons.

Jocundus on March 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

No demand.

Who wants to drill for oil when it’s only $4 a gallon at the pump.

We’d all rather live in mud huts, cook on dung stoves and wipe our behinds with our hands like barks family.

acyl72 on March 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Damning but the low info tools who keep electing this assclown will never hear about it and if they did wouldn’t understand it.

Kataklysmic on March 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

But…..but….but…..Barry SAID…..oh, never mind, he was just lying through his teeth………..AGAIN!

GarandFan on March 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Four Tops — Its The Same Old Song…

It would be a simple technical matter to have a voice reader respond with this fact ecvery a leftist talking head mentions “record oil production”.

As a matter of fact, someone should arm Hannity and the others at Fox with such a device as he seems tired of answering the same mantra in different ways.

Also, such a setup could enable him to concentrate on the darling stats cited by Austan Dean Goolsbee which could toss mud on the sun in the sky with their opaqueness and the energy somebody is expending to make the current economic management of the country seem defendable.

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

If a parking lot doesn’t count, I haven’t drilled on public land yet.

Archivarix on March 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

We’d all rather live in mud huts, cook on dung stoves and wipe our behinds with our hands like barks family.

acyl72 on March 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

…..but the Ruling class will continue to wine and dine in style at the Jefferson Hotel in D.C. and guffaw about the “little people”.

And tell us how to eat, what to drink, force us to use seat belts, have black boxes installed, register our guns, make us go to anger management classes to buy bullets, and on and on and on…….while THEY and their ilk rob the treasury and get cheap money for their banker buddies on Wall Street.

PappyD61 on March 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I hope that on the day that this nightmare is over and we are allowed to produce and prosper by all of the oil under our feet…

… that Leftist and the Democrat party are forever to blame for our current pain.

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Yes, defendable is a word and is a synonym for the usual defensible and it is more appropriate to connote a contest or argument as in a PhD or Master’s thesis questioning.

Now the fact that I leave words out or do other idiotic things is compensated by my thinking of nuances like this.

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

New Mexico, which share the Permian Basin oilfield with Texas, but has most of it’s land overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management, had 77 active rigs as of March 1, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. In March of 2008, when George W. Bush was president and oil prices were in the same range they are today but frack drilling operations were just gearing up, New Mexico had 71 operating rigs.

So, five years. Net gain — six rigs. About an 8 percent increase.

Move across the state line into Texas’ District 8 — where the land is mostly private or owned by the state — and the rig count for the first week of March, 2008 was 129 rigs. The current number? Two-hundred-eight-six rigs. Which is roughly a 120 percent jump in the rig count.

Same area. Same geological formations underground, but one place has more than doubled drilling activity while in the other, drilling is virtually unchanged from five years ago.

jon1979 on March 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Mr obama does lying liar ring any bells for you?

tim c on March 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Report: Oil production on federal lands falls, again
=====================================================

Wait a stink`n tic,we go back to the Hopey/Changey 2009 Prague Speechy!

Text of President Obama’s speech in Prague
April 05, 2009
**************

Now, to protect our planet,

now is the time to change the way that we use energy.

Together, we must confront climate change by ending the world’s dependence on fossil fuels,

by tapping the power of new sources of energy like the wind and sun,
and calling upon all nations to do their part.

And I pledge to you that in this global effort, the United States is now ready to lead.
================================================

http://articles.marketwatch.com/2009-04-05/news/30713610_1_czech-republic-czech-people-tomas-masaryk/2

canopfor on March 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Ugh,I`’ll try dis again!!

Report: Oil production on federal lands falls, again
====================================================

We go back to Hopeys Glorious 2009 Prague Speechy!

Now, to protect our planet, now is the time to change the way that we use energy.

(Applause.) Together, we must confront climate change by ending the world’s dependence on fossil fuels,

by tapping the power of new sources of energy like the wind and sun,

and calling upon all nations to do their part.

And I pledge to you that in this global effort, the United States is now ready to lead. (Applause.)
=================================

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/05/obama-prague-speech-on-nu_n_183219.html

canopfor on March 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Those Federal lands have reached Peak-Oil!

Another Drew on March 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

And, if the government had expanded production on their lands at the rate the other segments have, how much positive impact would it have had on government revenue.

michaelo on March 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

And, if the government had expanded production on their lands at the rate the other segments have, how much positive impact would it have had on government revenue.

michaelo on March 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Doesn’t matter. What matters most is the Left’s ability to self-congratulate and pat themselves on the back (they’re stopping Global Warming!!). We’re dealing with people that are emotionally-challenged. That’s what it boils down to, I’m afraid.

visions on March 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Pathetic misuse of statistics by POTUS…

Khun Joe on March 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Pathetic misuse of statistics by POTUS…

Khun Joe on March 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Mhmmm

VibrioCocci on March 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Erika, as usual, misses the point. If gas prices are strictly determined by U.S. contributions to supply and demand, shouldn’t our expanded oil production have put a dent into what we pay at the pump? Is the argument from conservatives really that if only we used federal land then suddenly OPEC would lower prices? The magical thinking is strong with this one.

libfreeordie on March 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

libfreeordie on March 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Someone seems to have missed her economics classes.

If gas prices are strictly determined by U.S. contributions to supply and demand

Oil is fungible, yes, but not quite *that* fungible: thanks to oversupply in the US, Henry Hub prices have broken away from Brent prices enough to set up a significant discrepancy between the two (where Henry Hub is at least $10/bbl less, over the past few years). More supply in the US will continue this difference, not erase it.

shouldn’t our expanded oil production have put a dent into what we pay at the pump

Not necessarily, thanks to EPA restrictions on regional “blends” from the refineries. Because of these restrictions, refineries cannot easily manage differences in demand from one region to another. Therefore higher demand in California (as an example) where there are fewer refineries handling that demand results in higher gas prices because other refineries cannot easily switch to the “blend” that EPA requires for the California region. And this doesn’t even get into the issue of different state and local taxes applied to the price at the pump.

Is the argument from conservatives really that if only we used federal land then suddenly OPEC would lower prices?

Again, not necessarily. But even if prices do not go down significantly, employment and royalties go up, all those dollars go to Federal, state, and local coffers (instead of jobs and royalties going to places like Mexico, Nigeria, and OPEC countries, for example) and we benefit. Increased production will then continue the disparity between Henry Hub and Brent, which will translate into lower gas prices in the US as well.

Erika libfreeordie, as usual, misses the point.

The magical thinking is strong with this one.

Corrected it for you :)

Wanderlust on March 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

libfreeordie on March 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Hon, you need to go back to your womens’ studies classes and leave energy economics and issues to those who have worked in the industry and actually know what they are talking about. Poor thing.

Wanderlust on March 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Why are oil prices high?

It’s no conspiracy

The value of the U.S. Dollar is a shamble

audiotom on March 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Obama lie? You can’t be serious, can you?

Pardonme on March 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I’m not sure I am totally unhappy with this development. As long as it is pointed out that Obama is lying. Leave the the finds on federal land alone now, and let them be the accessed by a president to be determined at a later date.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

All things good come from 0bama.

All things bad come from everyone else.

It. Is. That. Simple.

For the simple minded in the age of leftist state media.

BTW, 0bama increased your weekly chocolate ration from 30 grams to 25.

jukin3 on March 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Gee, the emperor has no clothes. Who’d of thunk it?

georgeofthedesert on March 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM