August 16 (Reuters) – Leading US oil industry groups on Monday stopped drilling for federal land and water, and the government is required by law to hold regular sales.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) and 11 other groups have filed lawsuits in federal court in the western state of Louisiana. He called the length of the suspension “unprecedented” to force the US Department of the Interior to resume lease sales.
During his campaign, President Joe Biden pledged to end new lease agreements as part of a larger power agenda to combat climate change and free the country from fossil fuels. A.D. From the program’s environmental impacts and values for taxpayers.
Since then, the administration has been sued by oil-producing states and industry groups, which say it will create jobs and income.
“The law is clear – the department must handle lease sales and certify major policy changes,” said Paul Aponso, API’s chief legal officer. Uncertainty for U.S. natural gas and oil producers has not met these requirements in the eight months since they set up the next federal lease.
The administration’s review, which officially began in March, is expected to be completed by now. Home Affairs Minister Deb Haland told the congressional committee that a report would be released in “early summer” and very soon in late July.
Local officials did not comment on the case.
In June, a federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction against Louisiana and 12 other states. At the time, bidding officials said they would abide by the decision, but did not move on.
Report by Nicola Bride; Edited by Aurora Ellis
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