Most gas drilling permit applications in Colorado for non-federal land

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But the BLM/federal government owns most of the minerals under these private lands - so yes, the drilling is on private land, but the minerals are federal - and affected landowners do not get the royalties - unlike in other states where landowners have an interest in cooperating with drillers.

The numbers above reflect permits for all federal wells—so it includes all federal lands and all federal minerals. A small portion is split estate with federal minerals under other ownership but those wells are included in the federal well permit total.



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