Biden suspends oil, gas leases on public lands for 60 days

Biden suspends oil, gas leases on public lands for 60 days

1/22/2021 5:28:00 AM

Biden suspends oil, gas leases on public lands for 60 days

The Biden administration has suspended new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on public lands and waters for 60 days as part a review of programs at the U.S. Department of Interior

The move follows PresidentJoe Bidens campaign pledge to halt new drilling and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change.The suspension went into effect immediately under an order signed Wednesday by Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega. The order did not limit operations under valid leases, meaning oil and gas activity won't come to a sudden halt on the millions of acres of lands in the West and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico where much drilling is concentrated.

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The order also blocks the approval of new mining plans, land sales or exchanges and the hiring of senior-level staff at the agency.It drew a quick backlash from the oil industry's main trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, which said limiting access to publicly owned energy resources would mean more foreign oil imports, lost jobs and fewer tax revenues.

But the impact could be blunted by companies that stockpiled drilling permits in the closing months of the Trump administration.Officials approved almost 1,400 permits on federal lands, primarily in Wyoming and New Mexico, over a three-month period that included the election. Those permits, which remain valid, will allow companies to continue drilling for years, potentially undercutting Biden’s climate agenda. headtopics.com

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You mean President Biden? POTUS This needs to be permanent. Public lands belong to the American people. I am so upset by this. Otherwise-great job so far. Thanks