I can't believe you still are not aware that most inland states get 50% of royalties off of FEDERAL land. We had this discussion a few nights ago and why you seem to ignore that is puzzling to me.
Most states, such as New Mexico and Oklahoma, states you said just a couple of days ago got NO royalties from oil and gas tracts, get 50% of royalties off of federally owned land within those states. Come on now, let's be consistent. Federal land onshore/federal land offshore. What's the difference? You can argue that you don't want to give us the 50% because of a deal made 50 years ago. That's one thing but to say it's stealing profits is over the top.
One thing that's different is that federal lands within a state are still within a state. Federal lands outside the state boundaries, like Blanco wants to grab, are a different matter. She might as well demand a royalty share of every oil tanker that enters Louisiana state waters regardless of where that oil actually came from.
That amounts to significant money only in states where there is a large amount of federal land and if you look at the issue of how the feds dispersed, or didn't disperse, these lands in the 19th and 20th century, you see a situation which is more egregious than the shelf. The fact that this land is not on the local tax base is more significant than the shelf and while these royalties may offset the loss of tax revenue, it is only slight.
These federal lands in the western states has also led to significant water and property rights issues. Under Bush/Norton, this has not been as much of a problem, but under Clinton/Babbit, it was severe. Remember the Sagebrush Rebellion? Remember how Clinton screwed Utah on the low sulpher coal beds in the Grand Staircase-Escalante?
No-one doubts that LA will eventually get federal money for restoration. However, it is advantagous to wait until restoration in Florida/Everglades has progressed far enough that the technology developed there can be applied to LA.
No-one disagrees that LA and other Coastal states deserve more OCS royalties. LA needs to stop spitting on everyone and develope allies. Tauzin's CARA Title One is a good example of how it should be done.