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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Statement on Zinke Announcement to Restore Anvil Points Royalty Payments to Colorado

March 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, during a full hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the President’s Budget Request for the Department on the Interior for FY19, Secretary Zinke announced that the royalty payments from Anvil Points would be released to the state of Colorado on March 28, 2018. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) made the following statement after Zinke’s announcement:

“I have worked for several years to ensure that royalty payments from the Anvil Points oil shale and research facility are returned to Northwest Colorado. Secretary Zinke’s announcement during today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing signals the end to a very long process, and I could not be more thrilled,” said Tipton. “This money rightfully belongs to Northwest Colorado, and I am thankful for Secretary Zinke and Deputy Secretary Bernhardt’s leadership on this matter. I look forward to seeing the state disperse the funds to Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, so local leaders can dedicate resources to enhancing their communities and improving the lives of all who live there.”


On Oct. 2, 2017, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) met with David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, to discuss the disbursement of funds from the Naval Oil Shale Reserve Fund to the state of Colorado. On Oct. 4, 2017, Tipton and Gardner wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally requesting that the Department restore the funds. Deputy Secretary Bernhardt wrote to Tipton and Gardner on Oct. 31, 2017, and notified them that he had asked the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor to consult with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) to determine if the ONRR could disburse the funds to Colorado. The certifying officer for the ONRR solicited a decision from the Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Comptroller General concluded that “Congress intended for the Secretary of the Interior to disburse any surplus funds remaining in the Treasury account, after the statutory requirements were satisfied, to the State of Colorado pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act.”

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