$138 million increase in payments demonstrates energy agenda success
“Because of policies put forth by President Trump, increasing energy revenues have generated more money for Gulf states to implement critical conservation, sustainability and infrastructure projects,” said Secretary Bernhardt.
In FY 2019, revenues surpassed $1 billion from GOMESA leases, which triggered the annual cap. The GOMESA legislation specifies the annual cap to be applied to the amounts disbursed to the Gulf producing states and their CPS each year. ONRR will disburse to the states and their CPS each fiscal year following the year of receipt: up to $375 million for FY 2017 through FY 2019 receipts; up to $487.5 million for FY 2020 and FY 2021 receipts; and up to $375 million for FY 2022 through FY 2055 receipts. The cap is lifted beginning in FY 2056. The cap does not apply to qualified revenues generated in those areas associated with Phase I of the GOMESA program.
Some examples of state projects previously funded with GOMESA dollars include:
$4 million set aside for Gulf State Park recreational access enhancements, and $1.5 million for a coastal Alabama watershed enhancement project.
$50 million for a permanent gate structure that will prevent flooding to portions of six parishes on Bayou Chene. Once complete, the project will feature a 40-foot barge gate to provide protection against storm surge up to 10 feet, along with a series of flood-walls and levees to support additional protection.
In Ascension Parish, GOMESA will fund $65 million for a project that includes a pump station to be constructed on the Mississippi River at Donaldsonville with a minimum pumping capacity of 1,000 cubic feet per second alongside the existing 500 cfs station, tripling the capacity for fresh water entering Bayou Lafourche to combat saltwater intrusion and provide fresh drinking water to over 300,000 residents in Assumption, Ascension, Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.
$5 million to replace or remove seven beach outfall pipes in Harrison County, and $2 million to put down approximately 60 million oysters on shell or crushed concrete into the Mississippi Sound.
$4.5 million in funds committed by the Texas General Land office to construct 6.7 miles of living shoreline at Anahuac Natural Wildlife Refuge. The project is being completed by Ducks Unlimited and will protect the coastal marsh from further erosion.
$1.1 million in GOMESA funds were committed to complete the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan. The plan provides a framework for community, socio-economic, ecologic and infrastructure protection from coastal hazards, including short-term direct impact and long-term gradual impacts.
The following amounts were distributed to the states and subdivisions from FY19 energy revenues:
|State of Alabama||$40,037,409.45|
|State of Louisiana||$124,574,775.95|
|St. Bernard Parish||$1,468,661.50|
|St. Charles Parish||$1,105,909.81|
|St. James Parish||$964,994.69|
|St. John the Baptist Parish||$1,042,877.63|
|St. Martin Parish||$1,160,080.96|
|St. Mary Parish||$1,364,113.38|
|St. Tammany Parish||$1,702,328.50|
|State of Mississippi||$41,531,180.60|
|State of Texas||$76,227,145.73|
|San Patricio County||$500,448.31|
Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue manages and ensures full payment of revenues owed for the development of the nation’s energy and natural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and onshore Federal and Indian lands. In performing this important fiduciary role, ONRR collects an average of over $10 billion dollars in annual revenue, one of the Federal government's largest sources of non-tax revenue.
Revenue-sharing allocations and disbursement details for the FY 2019 receipts are available on the Department’s website.
“We are grateful for the Trump Administration's leadership and the Department of Interior’s commitment to supporting our coastal energy resources,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. “We must work together to advance and ensure American energy security so we can establish energy independence for our people. These energy revenues will enable our state to continue developing our energy resources for Mississippi and our country as a whole.”
“The U.S. is the world’s energy leader, and the revenue from our offshore oil and gas production is vital to our coastal communities,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “The GOMESA funds will strengthen conservation and restoration projects along the Texas coast and will assist in our hurricane preparedness efforts. I thank the Trump Administration for its continued commitment to America’s energy security and for its support of Texas’ coastal communities.”