Western Oil & Natural Gas Dashboard

Red Tape Nation is the story of long-term trends in oil and natural gas development and production in the western United States. It is designed to help policymakers, the public, and the media more easily understand energy production on public lands.

The U.S. is the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas. Yet government tactics like deferring leasing, delaying environmental analysis, and demanding industry jump through hoops hinder development on public lands.

Move through the Red Tape Nation maze to understand why western federal oil and natural gas production lags behind, even as America’s production climbs to historic levels. For more in-depth analysis, we provide detailed data on tax and royalty revenue, leasing, permitting, and production over the last several years.

Red Tape Nation Overview Infographic

Tactic 1: Defer Infographic

Tactic 2: Delay Infographic

Tactic 3: Demand Infographic