Office of Natural Resources Revenue--Disbursement of Mineral Leasing Receipts
B-322166: Sep 27, 2012
The Submerged Lands Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act set forth a comprehensive statutory scheme for the allocation of the rights, title, and interest in submerged land and natural resources among the federal government and the coastal states. Neither act addresses the disposition of revenue in the event of the ambulation of the boundary that demarcates federal and state submerged lands due to coastal migration. However, both acts provide for the allocation of revenue, in other situations, based on the location of the lease. Disbursing to the relevant state the revenue attributed to that portion of a lease that comes to lie within the state's boundary, as the Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor has advised, is consistent with this statutory allocation.