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EWG INVESTIGATION

 

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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Leases held since 1982 by Devon Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries

Leases: Current Leases | Since 1982 | PAC contributions | Production

Region Leases since 1982  
Leases Acres
Leased
Producing
Acreage
 
The United States 4,410  3,878,718  1,077,490  
 Colorado 36  31,331  11,439  
  Dolores County 2  383  383  
  Garfield County 4  6,578  6,578  
  La Plata County 1  3,280  3,280  
  Las Animas County 3  1,872  0  
  Mesa County 8  6,540  280  
  Moffat County 9  6,911  38  
  Rio Blanco County 4  1,588  600  
  Routt County 2  1,140  0  
  Weld County 3  3,040  280  
 Montana 290  387,235  120,303  
  Big Horn County 2  2,639  0  
  Blaine County 82  88,869  75,816  
  Carter County 1  778  0  
  Chouteau County 19  24,678  23,520  
  Dawson County 2  2,220  0  
  Fallon County 1  157  0  
  Flathead County 74  137,905  0  
  Hill County 28  13,290  3,601  
  Lake County 2  15,794  0  
  Lewis and Clark County 1  7,236  0  
  McCone County 7  2,765  0  
  Meagher County 2  3,828  0  
  Phillips County 34  39,716  2,940  
  Pondera County 15  22,980  12,760  
  Powder River County 5  2,651  749  
  Richland County 1  517  517  
  Sweet Grass County 2  2,748  0  
  Teton County 2  8,148  400  
  Valley County 10  10,316  0  
 New Mexico 1,118  622,695  194,509  
  Chaves County 94  66,803  17,517  
  Debaca County 5  4,846  0  
  Dona Ana County 7  12,362  0  
  Eddy County 557  212,138  92,154  
  Grant County 1  1,320  0  
  Guadalupe County 5  6,900  0  
  Hidalgo County 19  26,906  0  
  Lea County 314  136,180  50,677  
  Lincoln County 2  8,993  0  
  Luna County 1  2,447  0  
  McKinley County 5  4,163  3,363  
  Otero County 17  23,450  961  
  Rio Arriba County 9  5,720  5,720  
  Roosevelt County 20  6,849  600  
  Sandoval County 9  12,228  1,480  
  San Juan County 24  22,351  22,037  
  Sierra County 25  60,533  0  
  Socorro County 4  8,506  0  
 South Dakota 28  25,370  4,124  
  Fall River County 27  25,250  4,004  
  Harding County 1  120  120  
 Utah 1,262  1,714,772  294,847  
  Beaver County 35  58,927  0  
  Box Elder County 27  44,615  0  
  Cache County 2  4,805  0  
  Carbon County 15  12,319  2,878  
  Daggett County 1  1,744  0  
  Duchesne County 14  17,264  9,559  
  Emery County 31  38,142  7,263  
  Garfield County 93  147,494  5,113  
  Grand County 34  56,041  4,872  
  Iron County 22  33,194  42  
  Juab County 58  53,789  4,665  
  Kane County 52  108,448  1,277  
  Millard County 79  156,088  0  
  Morgan County 2  1,419  0  
  Piute County 14  29,305  0  
  Rich County 19  28,528  17,194  
  San Juan County 309  297,814  140,027  
  Sanpete County 13  8,736  54  
  Sevier County 78  119,979  20,586  
  Summit County 1  80  0  
  Tooele County 135  280,893  9,201  
  Uintah County 161  113,466  48,645  
  Utah County 32  46,628  14,321  
  Wasatch County 10  18,286  9,151  
  Washington County 8  13,956  0  
  Wayne County 17  22,809  0  
 Wyoming 1,675  1,096,759  451,713  
  Big Horn County 44  28,644  18,288  
  Campbell County 409  225,249  102,527  
  Carbon County 209  132,096  99,179  
  Converse County 272  142,255  44,685  
  Crook County 17  11,197  1,033  
  Fremont County 57  52,284  29,686  
  Hot Springs County 8  13,600  760  
  Johnson County 156  110,494  34,120  
  Lincoln County 10  5,207  2,038  
  Natrona County 33  26,252  2,980  
  Niobrara County 86  58,702  749  
  Park County 17  10,827  0  
  Sheridan County 16  19,935  1,894  
  Sublette County 29  22,503  8,831  
  Sweetwater County 195  168,329  89,893  
  Teton County 2  1,588  1,268  
  Uinta County 5  2,490  429  
  Washakie County 39  26,867  11,634  
  Weston County 71  38,242  1,720  

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.