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WILLISTON– North Dakota received more than $47 million from energy production on federal lands in 2015, a drop from recent years attributed to the lower price of oil.

The Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue says it disbursed $47,164,777 to North Dakota in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

The 2015 disbursement is about $20 million less than North Dakota received in 2014 and a little more than half the amount the state received in 2013.

“It’s just part of the whole impact of the lower price of oil,” said North Dakota Budget Director Pam Sharp.

Half of the state’s share of the revenue goes back to the counties where the dollars were generated and the other half goes into the state’s general fund, Sharp said.

North Dakota uses conservative projections when budgeting federal energy revenues, so the drop has not created a budget shortfall, Sharp said.

“That’s a small category of revenue,” Sharp said.

The state is projecting that its share of federal energy revenues will continue to drop, with about $19.7 million in revenues projected for the 2015-17 biennium, Sharp said.

Counties are affected differently depending on how much federal land they have, said Vicky Steiner, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties.

Some counties have adjusted their budgets due to a drop in energy revenues caused by the lower oil price, Steiner said.

The $47 million for North Dakota does not include dollars disbursed to tribes or tribal mineral owners.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue said it disbursed about $853 million to American Indian tribes and individual Indian mineral owners in 2015. The agency does not disclose a breakdown of those disbursements by tribe or by state.

Spokesman Patrick Etchart said tribal disbursements have increased significantly in recent years, with much of that increase attributed to oil production in North Dakota. The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation accounts for about one-third of the state’s oil production.

Tribal disbursements also declined this year after topping $1 billion in 2014.

Nationwide, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue disbursed $9.87 billion from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas in fiscal year 2015, down from $13.4 billion the previous year.