Unpaused: District Court Enjoins Biden Administration from 'Pausing' Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Land [July 21, 2021] [open pdf - 629KB]
From the Document: "The President and the Secretary of the Interior have broad authority to administer oil and natural gas exploration and production on federal lands, but that authority has some limits. A federal judge in the Western District of Louisiana articulated one such limit last week, when the court enjoined the implementation of a so-called 'pause' in federal oil and gas leasing. The Biden Administration had ordered that 'pause' in Section 208 of Executive Order 14008 [hyperlink], an expansive executive order to address climate change issued in late January 2021. Section 208 directed [hyperlink] the Secretary of the Interior to 'pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.' The Order specified [hyperlink] that the review should look at the 'potential climate and other impacts associated with oil and gas activities on public lands or in offshore waters.' This 'pause' was met with immediate criticism from industry [hyperlink] and some on Capitol Hill [hyperlink], culminating in a legal challenge by several states. It is this legal challenge [hyperlink] that resulted in the injunction against implementing the leasing pause."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10627
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