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1: Executive Summary

2: About Oil/Gas Leases

3: Oil & Gas Impacts

4: Bush Admin Rollbacks

5: The Spin on Drilling

6: Hotspot: Roan Plateau, CO

7: Hotspot: Otero Mesa, NM

8: Hotspot: Rocky Mtn Front, MT

9: Hotspot: Powder River Basin, WY

10: Hotspot: Book Cliffs, UT

11: Oil, Gas, Political Cash

12: EWG Recommendations

13: Methodology

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Who Owns The West?

Devon Energy Corporation
20 N Broadway #1500
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Ranks #4 out of 8,608 active lessees in 12 Western US states, based on total acres leased.
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Active Leases held by Devon Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries

Leases: Current Leases | Leases held since 1982 | PAC contributions | Production

Region Current Leases  
Leases Acres
Leased
Producing
Acreage
 
The United States (ranks #4 of 8,608) 1,528  1,054,235  512,035  
 Colorado (ranks #89 of 1,342) 20  17,264  9,080  
  Dolores County 2  383  223 map
  Garfield County 3  5,017  5,017 map
  La Plata County 1  3,280  3,280 map
  Las Animas County 3  1,872  0 map
  Mesa County 1  280  280 map
  Moffat County 5  4,564  0 map
  Rio Blanco County 4  1,588  0 map
  Weld County 1  280  280 map
 Montana (ranks #2 of 1,116) 215  299,355  85,250  
  Blaine County 74  83,363  50,471 map
  Chouteau County 17  23,520  14,729 map
  Flathead County 74  137,905  0 map
  Hill County 22  11,587  3,601 map
  Lake County 2  15,794  0 map
  Phillips County 6  2,940  2,940 map
  Pondera County 15  22,980  12,760 map
  Powder River County 4  749  749 map
  Richland County 1  517  0 map
 New Mexico (ranks #5 of 2,430) 581  256,585  133,217  
  Chaves County 11  7,880  4,120 map
  Eddy County 343  127,357  68,277 map
  Lea County 193  91,488  32,063 map
  McKinley County 1  320  320 map
  Rio Arriba County 9  5,720  5,720 map
  Roosevelt County 2  624  320 map
  Sandoval County 2  1,480  1,480 map
  San Juan County 20  21,717  20,917 map
 South Dakota (ranks #87 of 96) 1  120  120  
  Harding County 1  120  120 map
 Utah (ranks #80 of 871) 25  21,962  8,304  
  Duchesne County 4  480  480 map
  Garfield County 5  6,700  0 map
  San Juan County 2  2,844  1,884 map
  Uintah County 9  6,581  5,941 map
  Wayne County 5  5,358  0 map
 Wyoming (ranks #5 of 3,618) 685  458,394  276,064  
  Big Horn County 22  17,572  6,233 map
  Campbell County 247  150,834  86,081 map
  Carbon County 145  101,175  78,023 map
  Converse County 82  46,202  22,473 map
  Crook County 3  1,033  1,033 map
  Fremont County 23  16,124  13,284 map
  Hot Springs County 3  760  600 map
  Johnson County 21  9,324  8,919 map
  Lincoln County 2  278  278 map
  Natrona County 3  400  400 map
  Niobrara County 2  629  629 map
  Sheridan County 8  11,541  1,894 map
  Sublette County 4  2,362  2,362 map
  Sweetwater County 92  84,455  43,674 map
  Teton County 1  1,268  1,268 map
  Washakie County 13  9,316  8,313 map
  Weston County 14  5,120  600 map

NOTE: EWG's estimates of leases that are currently producing oil or gas are constrained by the accuracy of information in BLM's Land and Mineral Records 2000 database, and may represent an overestimate. We have identified cases for which BLM has failed to enter the data necessary to identify particular leases on which production has ceased. An EWG request for more accurate production data is currently being processed by the Department of the Interior.

Source: EWG analysis of leasing and drilling records in 12 western states, contained in the Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 database, acquired by EWG May 15 2004.


Production of oil and gas by Devon Energy Corporation

Year Oil Produced Gas Produced
BarrelsConsumed in1000
cubic feet
Consumed in
19892,387,351(3.3 hours)5,591,878(2.6 hours)
19905,578,962(7.9 hours)9,622,339(4.4 hours)
19916,146,436(8.8 hours)12,482,491(5.6 hours)
19927,075,450(10.0 hours)14,820,143(6.4 hours)
19939,118,300(12.7 hours)16,770,568(7.1 hours)
19943,128,258(4.2 hours)19,547,415(8.1 hours)
19954,497,444(6.1 hours)31,426,195(12.4 hours)
19964,783,290(6.3 hours)36,876,203(14.3 hours)
19974,505,744(5.8 hours)53,499,711(20.6 hours)
19984,012,358(5.1 hours)60,171,074(23.7 hours)
19993,338,961(4.1 hours)53,839,997(21.1 hours)
20003,087,215(3.8 hours)61,513,264(23.1 hours)
20013,542,705(4.3 hours)71,118,158(28.0 hours)
20023,779,713(4.6 hours)78,241,707(29.8 hours)
20033,765,564(4.5 hours)78,631,974(31.4 hours)
Total*68,747,751(6.0 hours (avg per year))604,153,117(16.4 hours (avg per year))

NOTE: Production information includes oil and gas production for both the parent company and its subsidiaries. A listing of subsidiaries is included below.

* Consumption rates listed in table reflect national average consumption during the entire available period of record for oil and gas production on western lands (typically 1989 through 2003). Consumption rates were compiled by EWG from U.S. Department of Energy data.

EWG analysis of oil and gas production data contained in Oil and Gas Operations Report 1989-2003 database, Minerals Management Service, received August 16 2004 in response to Freedom of Information Act request filed by EWG

Political contributions from individuals, PACs, soft money associated with Devon Energy Corporation

Contributions Election Cycle
2000 2002 2004 2000-2004
Total $209,808 $303,570 $106,855 $620,233
Republicans $196,308 $278,070 $99,855 $574,233
Democrats $13,500 $25,500 $0 $46,000

Source: Environmental Working Group analysis of federal campaign contribution data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.

Subsidiaries ofDevon Energy Corporation

Subsidiaries
Alta Energy Corp
BN Coal LLC
Donald Anderson Ltd
Ocean Energy Inc
Pennzenergy Exp & Pro LLC
Santa Fe Snyder Corp
Seagull Energy E&P Inc
Texoil Intl Corp

Information on subsidiaries and parent companies shown here represents our best estimate of corporate structure at the time of this website release, and are drawn from various publicly available sources. Please report any noted omissions and errors to EWG with a credible source or citation. Thank you.