Public Lands Energy Projects Generated $275B, DOI Says

Law360, New York (July 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT) -- Energy development on federal lands accounted for some $275 billion in economic activity in 2011, a nearly $30 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report the U.S. Department of the Interior released Monday.

The figure, published in the Interior Department’s annual economic contributions report, represents a jump of more than 10 percent from the $246 billion in economic activity generated by fossil fuel, hydropower, renewable and mining projects on public land in 2010.

The report comes at a time when the Interior Department...
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