ONRR manages and ensures full payment of revenues owed for the development of the Nation’s energy and natural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and onshore Federal and Indian lands. In performing this important fiduciary role, ONRR collects an average of over $10 billion dollars in annual revenue -- one of the Federal government's largest sources of non-tax revenue.
Every American benefits from the revenues ONRR collects; either directly through payments to Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, or, indirectly through contributions to the Historic Preservation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Reclamation Fund, and disbursements to States and the U.S. Treasury.
ONRR fulfills the Department of the Interior’s Indian trust responsibility by providing revenue management services for mineral leases on American Indian lands and advocating for the interests of Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners. 100% of the revenues ONRR collects for mineral leases on Indian lands are transferred to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) for distribution to the appropriate Tribe or individual Indian mineral owner.
In addition to OST, ONRR coordinates with other Department of the Interior entities, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to support the Department’s management of oil, gas, and other natural resources. With an increased focus on making data more accessible to the public, ONRR is leading the Federal government’s implementation of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) and working to improve transparency and accountability across the Department.
ONRR is headquartered in Washington, DC and operationally based at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. ONRR has field offices near energy development areas in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. (ONRR Office Locations)
"For the benefit of all Americans, ONRR collects, accounts for, and verifies natural resource and energy revenues due to States, American Indians, and the U.S. Treasury."
"Excellence in natural resources revenue management."
The following documents provide additional information about ONRR: