Interactive website tracks extractive revenue

Interactive website tracks extractive revenue

The Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue has launched an open data website tracking revenue the government makes from the coal, natural gas and oil that is extracted from public lands. 

Working with 18F, GSA’s digital services group, ONRR’s USEITI website is part of the U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), global coalition working to improve openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources.

The new USEITI portal compiles information on how revenue is generated from resources on federal lands and where that money goes. It uses information from several agencies and provides interactive visualizations as well as access to the underlying datasets .  Besides the high-level overview, the site also lets users filter and sort by time frame, location, commodity, company and revenue types.  

While the ONRR has long offered online access to revenue data, the EITI portal offers it at a company level for the first time, ONRR said.

Agencies that contribute to data sets featured on USEITI are the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the National Park Service, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the United States Geological Survey.

Data for non-energy resources such as gold and copper are not yet included, but ONRR hopes to have a system in place to innovatively report on its mining soon.

By December 2015, 18F intends to publish similar interactive data from the other federal agencies that collect revenue from extractive industry, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Office of Surface Mining and the IRS.

About the Author

Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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