Federal judge blocks Biden pause on new oil and gas leasing …

Bill Mitchell • A federal judge blocked President Joe Biden’s pause on issuing new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, preventing his administration from carrying out one of its premier policies to combat climate change. Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana granted a preliminary injunction to 13 states that sued the Biden administration over its leasing pause. KEY DEMOCRATS AND UNIONS MAKE CASE AGAINST FEDERAL LEASING BAN AS BIDEN MULLS FUTURE OF OIL AND GAS The order applies nationwide, forcing the administration to end its pause and proceed with offering new leases to drill on federal lands a... read article