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Biden Administration Sued for Halting Oil, Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

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Biden Administration Sued for Halting Oil, Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

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The Biden administration was sued on Jan. 27 over its executive order to halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. The lawsuit (pdf) was filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming by the Western Energy Alliance, a group representing fossil fuel producers on federal lands. They say President Joe Biden exceeded his authority with the recent order. “The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands. All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf,” said Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma in a statement, according to The Washington Times. “Drying up new leasing puts future development as well as existing projects at risk. President Biden cannot simply ignore laws in effect for over half a century.” The executive order, Sgamma said, violates the Mineral Leasing Act, the National Environmental Policy …

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