Mineral Lease Revenues Boost Colorado Schools

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Here in Colorado, we care about the success of our children and those who help them achieve it.

Within any schooling system, it’s important to have functional and welcoming resources in place for both students and teachers. Did you know that in our state, revenues from oil and natural gas production fund important school safety measures and infrastructure projects?

Take the Western Slope. A 2016 report revealed that the majority of its federal mineral lease revenues come from fracking activities. These revenues are then awarded in the form of grants towards improvements in utilities, equipment, and schools.

Grants from districts such as the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District reached nearly $300,000. That year, they awarded $100,000 to District 51 schools to upgrade classroom door locks – an important feature of overall school safety that’s making a difference for those who work in the school district.

District 51 schools aren’t the only ones seeing these benefits. Garfield County, which is the second highest producing county in oil and natural gas production in the state, was awarded a grant by the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District to go towards a new roof for the elementary school.

Thanks to fracking, our schools can get the resources and upgrades they need to grow and thrive.

 

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