Obama Claims Drilling on Public Lands Has Increased

Fact check: Drilling was down 14 percent in most recent year measured

President Obama claimed that drilling on public lands has increased under his administration over that of George W. Bush. A March report by the Energy Information Administration, however, suggests a mixed record.

Although drilling on public lands is up, according to the report, in the most recent year measured, drilling is down 14 percent.

"We've opened up public lands," Obama said. "We're actually drilling more on public lands in the previous administration."

The Washington Free Beacon reported in March:

The recent increase in domestic oil production touted by President Obama took place almost entirely on non-federal lands beyond his administration’s control, a new study has found.

The study, prepared by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), examined oil production on federal and non-federal land between 2007-2011. Approximately 96 percent of the total increase in domestic oil production occurred on non-federal land, CRS found.

Earlier this month, the Energy Information Administration reported that oil and natural gas production on federal land declined 40 percent over the past decade and 14 percent in 2011 alone.