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Federal Judge Stops Biden Administration Blocking New Oil and Gas Leases

Offshore oil business in LA, Port Forcheon, Gulf of Mexico in April.


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A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a temporary injunction to prevent the Biden administration from suspending new oil and gas leases on federal land.

Judge Terry A. Dauty of the US District Court in Monroe said the government had no legal right to suspend the lease of federal territory for oil and gas production without Congressional approval.

Judge appointed by the former president

Donald TrumpAlso, states suing the federal government (mainly southern and coastal states) will soon be damaged as the suspension will prevent them from collecting lease bids and bonuses from oil and gas prospectors. Stated.

The lawsuit was filed by Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Mr. Biden has been in office for a week Instructed the Interior Ministry to suspend the programAmong several new initiatives aimed at addressing climate change.

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Federal Judge Stops Biden Administration Blocking New Oil and Gas Leases

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