Gulf of Mexico
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GOM - Interior Department Disburses Over $252 Million to Gulf States, Supporting Coastal Restoration and Conservation

The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue today announced distribution of over $252 million in fiscal year 2021 energy revenues to the four offshore Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS), such as counties and parishes.

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue today announced distribution of over $252 million in fiscal year 2021 energy revenues to the four offshore Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS), such as counties and parishes. The funds, disbursed annually based on offshore oil and gas revenue, can be used to support coastal conservation and restoration projects, hurricane protection programs, onshore infrastructure projects, and activities to implement marine and coastal resilience management plans.

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006 created a revenue-sharing model for oil- and gas-producing Gulf states to receive a portion of the revenue generated from offshore oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Act also directs a portion of revenue to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Today’s action represents the second-largest disbursement since Interior first began disbursing GOMESA revenues to states and their CPS in 2009. Since GOMESA’s passage, the Interior Department has disbursed over $1.26 billion to the coastal states and their CPS.

The following amounts were disbursed to states and their subdivisions:

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