Proper Disposition of Revenues Derived From the Mineral Leasing of Lands

B-102563: Jul 3, 1951

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This decision discusses the proper disposition of revenues derived from the mineral leasing of lands. GAO determined that since the lands transferred to the Department of the Interior from the Department of Agriculture are for administering under the Taylor Grazing Act and since such acquired lands are subject to the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands, under the provisions of section 6 thereof, revenues from mineral leasing of the acquired lands are for distribution in accordance with the provisions of section 10 of the Taylor Grazing Act. Further, if there be included in the lands transferred to the Department of Agriculture, lands originally a part of the public domain and not acquired pursuant to statute, then as to such lands, the revenues from the mineral leasing thereof would be for disposition as otherwise provided for mineral revenues generally.

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