Judge Says Biden Can't Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

"President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted."

"WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, in the first major legal roadblock for President Biden’s quest to cut fossil fuel pollution and conserve public lands.

Judge Terry A. Doughty of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the administration, saying that the power to pause offshore oil and gas leases “lies solely with Congress” because it was the legislative branch that originally made federal lands and waters available for leasing.

Judge Doughty also ruled that 13 states that are suing the administration over its temporary halt to new leases “have made a showing that there is a substantial likelihood that President Biden exceeded his powers.”"

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times June 15, 2021.


"Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Pause On New Oil, Gas Leases" (AP)

"Biden Pause on Oil Leases on Public Lands Blocked by Judge" (Bloomberg Environment)

Source: NYTimes, 06/16/2021