Federalism: Onshore and Offshore Public Lands in the United States
Article from: OGEL 4 (2006), in Roundup of Articles
At the request of Professor Wälde, I offer the following brief summary of federal and state land ownership and management pertaining to oil and gas resources in the United States. This summary does not consider Indian lands, whether tribal or allotted, and private lands, all of which are important sources of oil and gas resources. As a conclusion, I contrast ownership and management with jurisdiction and applicable law for other purposes. Unlike much of the rest of the world, substantial amounts of oil, gas, and mineral rights are privately owned and managed ...