Posted by Curt on 22 August, 2022 at 2:36 pm. 2 comments already!


By Madeleine Hubbard

A Louisiana federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s authority to pause oil and gas leases in 13 states, one day after an appeals court tossed the judge’s injunction.
The Interior Department violated federal law by canceling leasing on federal lands following President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order telling the agency to pause those activities pending an extensive review of the leasing program, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty said Thursday.
The 13 states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. The ruling does not apply to other states.
The offshore leases affected by the ruling are already set to go into place following Biden’s signing Tuesday of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Judge Doughty said that through the Mineral Leasing Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act the government is required to sell leases and only Congress is able to stop oil and gas leasing, Reuters reported.
“Rather than doing a comprehensive review while the scheduled oil and gas lease sales took place, the secretary ‘put the cart before the horse,'” the judge wrote on Thursday.

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