Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Suspension Of New Oil And Gas Leases

By Martin Walsh June 17, 2021 | Image Source: Conservative Brief

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The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water has been blocked by a federal judge in Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed in March by Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry and officials in 12 other states.

Doughty’s ruling granting a preliminary injunction to those states said his order applies nationwide.

The 13 states said the administration bypassed comment periods and other bureaucratic steps required before such delays can be undertaken.

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia are the other plaintiff states.

In his ruling, Doughty agreed with the states’ argument that a pause on oil and gas leases would do “irreparable injury ” by depriving them of revenue and causing massive job losses.

“Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake,” Doughty wrote. “Local government funding, jobs for Plaintiff State workers, and funds for the restoration of Louisiana’s Coastline are at stake. Plaintiff States have a reliance interest in the proceeds derived from offshore and on land oil and gas lease sales.”

The moratorium was imposed after Joe Biden signed executive orders to fight climate change.

The suit was filed in March.

The states opposing the suspension said it was undertaken without the required comment periods and other bureaucratic steps.

Landry praised the ruling and called it a major defeat for Biden and Democrats.

“This is a victory not only for the rule of law but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans. We appreciate that federal courts have recognized President Biden is completely outside his authority in his attempt to shut down oil and gas leases on federal lands,” Landry said.

“The President’s Executive Order abandons middle-class jobs, cripples our economy, and hits everyday Americans where it hurts the most – their pocketbooks. What’s more: it attacks Louisiana’s coast by reducing the revenue and royalties used for coastal restoration and hurricane protection,” he added.

“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconscionable attack on American energy,” Landry concluded.

Louisiana Republican Rep. Garret Graves also applauded the ruling.

“I told you so. Today’s ruling by Louisiana’s U.S. District Court Judge affirmed what we knew would happen the moment the pen hit the paper on the moratoriums. Interior’s arbitrary decisions have had grave consequences and we thank the judge for realizing these impacts. The Administration’s decision to cancel America’s energy leasing will result in higher gas prices and less funding for hurricane protection, flood control, and coastal restoration,” Graves said.

Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy tweeted: “Great news for Louisiana energy workers and their families!”

Author: Martin Walsh

Source: Conservative Brief: Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Suspension Of New Oil And Gas Leases