Surface Impacts

In accordance with rules for surface impact payments, the parties desiring entry onto the state lands issue separate payment to the State and to the lessee based upon the following schedule: $0 to $5,000 State’s share is 60%; $5,001 to $10,000 State share is 70%; all payments over $10,000, State’s share is 80%. For all annual surface impact payments made the State receives 80%. During FY-11, the office processed 951 impact payments. Along with the increasing number of payments being processed, the amount of revenue generated from surface impact payments has become the second largest source of income derived from the surface estate on an annual basis, behind surface lease income.