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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?

The Williams Companies
One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK 74172

Ranks #17 out of 8,608 active lessees in 12 Western US states, based on total acres leased.
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Active Leases held by The Williams Companies 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 #17 of 8,608) 725  575,244  282,602  
 Colorado (ranks #20 of 1,342) 108  78,561  37,373  
  Garfield County 74  56,375  30,779 map
  Mesa County 2  2,993  2,993 map
  Moffat County 2  92  0 map
  Rio Blanco County 20  13,259  0 map
  San Miguel County 8  5,361  3,601 map
 Montana (ranks #43 of 1,116) 31  64,665  0  
  Flathead County 28  50,000  0 map
  Glacier County 2  13,391  0 map
  Lake County 1  1,274  0 map
 New Mexico (ranks #44 of 2,430) 32  40,094  37,372  
  Rio Arriba County 20  32,513  29,951 map
  Roosevelt County 1  160  0 map
  San Juan County 11  7,421  7,421 map
 Utah (ranks #79 of 871) 18  22,211  8,651  
  Carbon County 10  14,129  7,201 map
  Duchesne County 1  781  0 map
  Emery County 3  2,646  160 map
  San Juan County 1  1,289  1,289 map
  Uintah County 2  2,056  0 map
  Utah County 1  1,309  0 map
 Wyoming (ranks #10 of 3,618) 536  369,713  199,206  
  Big Horn County 2  923  0 map
  Campbell County 280  146,513  92,986 map
  Converse County 4  1,920  0 map
  Crook County 1  968  968 map
  Fremont County 5  1,442  0 map
  Hot Springs County 4  400  360 map
  Johnson County 138  107,325  59,720 map
  Lincoln County 1  1,261  0 map
  Natrona County 29  14,771  2,280 map
  Sheridan County 1  1,148  1,148 map
  Sublette County 41  62,071  41,064 map
  Sweetwater County 18  23,348  640 map
  Uinta County 3  2,360  40 map
  Washakie County 9  5,263  0 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 The Williams Companies

Year Oil Produced Gas Produced
BarrelsConsumed in1000
cubic feet
Consumed in
19891,271(6 seconds)1,652,550(45 minutes)
199047,112(4 minutes)3,049,016(84 minutes)
1991190,964(16 minutes)2,069,081(56 minutes)
1992212,050(18 minutes)3,312,756(86 minutes)
1993235,725(20 minutes)3,893,130(98 minutes)
1994278,048(23 minutes)6,719,210(2.8 hours)
1995452,291(37 minutes)18,496,809(7.3 hours)
1996435,337(34 minutes)30,367,947(11.8 hours)
1997480,177(37 minutes)36,426,654(14.0 hours)
1998360,061(27 minutes)38,195,267(15.0 hours)
1999319,742(24 minutes)42,517,524(16.6 hours)
2000142,420(10 minutes)51,063,658(19.2 hours)
200190,061(7 minutes)53,004,855(20.9 hours)
200237,753(3 minutes)55,901,074(21.3 hours)
200314,956(65 seconds)57,999,895(23.1 hours)
Total*3,297,968(17 minutes (avg per year))404,669,426(11.0 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 The Williams Companies

Contributions Election Cycle
2000 2002 2004 2000-2004
Total $352,625 $497,968 $105,000 $955,593
Republicans $309,075 $413,718 $89,500 $812,293
Democrats $43,550 $84,250 $0 $143,300

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

Subsidiaries ofThe Williams Companies

Subsidiaries
Barrett Reserve Corp
Williams Prod Rmt Co

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.