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    The cancellation, confirmed by the Interior Department to the Washington Post, could be a major turning point if the Biden administration chooses to sunset offshore drilling. The Department of the Interior confirmed to the Washington Post that the three remaining offshore oil and gas lease sales for millions of acres off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico this year have been canceled. A spokesperson told the paper that the one lease sale off the coast of Alaska was canceled due to lack of interest and that the two remaining Gulf of Mexico lease sales would not move forward “due to factors including conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.” The news comes as a deadline looms closer for the Biden administration to release and adopt a new five-year offshore drilling plan. The current program expires on June 30th and there is simply not enough time for the Interior Department to release a plan—which it hasn’t—and account for multiple comment periods as well as time for the president and Congress to review the program. Pending a new...
    The Interior Department said it will not move forward with three planned oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, meaning the administration will not hold a lease sale on coastal waters this year. The announcement late Wednesday night —which comes as President Biden faces record-high gas costs—will halt hopes of offshore drilling on millions of acres of federal land. Alaska’s Cook Inlet was home to more than 1 million acres of federal land alone. The Interior Department confirmed the news in an email to the Washington Examiner late Wednesday. “Due to lack of industry interest in leasing in the area, the Department will not move forward with the proposed Cook Inlet OCS oil and gas lease sale 258,” or the Cook Inlet project, DOI said. Their decision not to move ahead with two leases in the Gulf of Mexico region, meanwhile, was due to “conflicting court rulings” that delayed work on the proposed lease sales, a spokesman for DOI told the Examiner. News Department of Energy Energy and Environment Interior...
    In a city known for its duplicity, cynicism, and toxic partisanship, the Biden administration’s announcement on April 15 about the “resumption” of federal oil and gas leasing was among the most duplicitous, cynical, and toxically partisan announcement ever. It was slipped out the door, not just on a Friday–the day reserved for news an administration wishes dead before the following Monday–but on Good Friday, the holiest Friday in Christendom. The announcement was the federal government’s response to a federal court order to resume leasing exactly ten months earlier. The federal government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees 245 million acres of surface and 700 million acres of mineral estate, is required by an Act of Congress, the Mineral Leasing Act, to conduct quarterly sales of oil and gas leases on lands not otherwise off limits to that activity. President Biden ended those sales his first week in office, but on June 14, 2021, a federal district court in Louisiana ruled that “pause” illegal. The Biden administration both appealed and asserted it was taking steps to comply with the judge’s ruling but slow walked the latter. Thus, days...
    by Bethany Blankley   The U.S. Department of Interior announced it is making only 20% of eligible acreage for oil and natural gas production available for leasing on federal lands to comply with a federal court order. In his first week in office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and waters to be halted by the Interior Department. The agency was also tasked to review existing permits for fossil fuel development. The administration was sued and last June, a federal judge in Louisiana struck down the executive order. Issuing lease sales, the agency said, was “in compliance with an injunction from the Western District of Louisiana.” The sales would focus on the “highest and best use of America’s public lands, reflecting an 80 percent reduction from nominated acreage” and “reflects the balanced approach to energy development and management of our nation’s public lands,” the agency said in a news release. On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management posted notices for significantly reformed onshore lease sales that address “deficiencies...
    The Biden administration's newly scheduled oil and gas lease sales don't set the United States back on its climate change goals, in part because the leases aren't expected to produce much fuel, climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday. Kerry dismissed the notion that the Interior Department's pending auctions, which will make 144,000 acres of federal land available for fossil fuel development, will tread on President Joe Biden's ambitions to cut economywide greenhouse gas emissions at least in half through 2030 in an attempt to help the globe mitigate climate change. DAILY ON ENERGY: ESCAPING ‘THE WATER REGULATORY VERSION OF GROUNDHOG DAY’ "I don't think it's a setback because I don't think a lot of it is going to produce fuel that's drilled," Kerry told PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff during a Q&A hosted by the Center for Global Development. He also made reference to the number of leases on federal land that companies currently hold, which numbered somewhere near 14,000 in a recent tally by the Congressional Research Service. "Opening something up to a...
    The Bureau of Land Management issued environmental assessments and sale notices for oil and gas leases on federal land in seven U.S. states, a step mandated by court order. The notices, which were announced in a series of news releases late Monday, represent a significant departure from President Joe Biden's campaign pledge to end fracking on federal lands, though they could aid the administration in its more recent efforts to boost oil production in reaction to soaring energy costs.
    (CNN)The Department of Interior announced Friday it planned to resume onshore oil and gas lease sales on federal land, with a higher royalty rate for oil and gas companies to pay to the federal government. The Bureau of Land Management will issue sale notices on Monday for upcoming oil and gas projects.This is a breaking news story and it will be updated.
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday that industry regulators for the first time will begin analyzing greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas leases on a national scale, as they prepare to hold lease sales in numerous Western sates next year. The announcement from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management came as officials released a report saying fossil fuel extraction from federal lands produced more than 1 billion tons (918 million metric tons) of greenhouse gases last year. That’s about one-fifth of all energy related emissions. President Joe Biden campaigned on promises to end new drilling on public lands to help combat climate change. But his attempt to suspend new leases while oil and gas sales underwent a sweeping review, was blocked by a federal judge in Louisiana. Including greenhouse gas emissions in lease sale reviews will allow the administration to highlight what scientists say are the high social costs of greenhouse gas emissions — from rising sea levels and wildfires, to public health problems. Environmental assessments that include a greenhouse gas analysis will be...
    North Dakota is suing the Biden administration for blocking oil and gas production by canceling lease sales, taking another shot at one of President Joe Biden’s central day-one climate policies to pause oil and gas leasing on federal lands. The leasing pause has caused headaches for the Biden administration. Last month, a federal judge blocked the policy, siding with 13 Republican state attorneys general to force the Biden administration to end its pause and proceed with offering new leases to drill on federal lands and offshore waters. FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS BIDEN PAUSE ON NEW OIL AND GAS LEASING North Dakota’s lawsuit, filed late Wednesday, takes aim at the Biden administration for its cancellation of individual lease sales in March and June that the state says were required by law. The lawsuit says the canceled lease sales will cost North Dakota, the nation’s second-largest oil and gas producer, more than $80 million. That could balloon to billions in lost revenue if the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t begin holding lease sales again, the state claims. The leasing pause has drawn significant...
                      by Derek Draplin  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said Wednesday the agency is canceling oil and gas lease sales for the second quarter, drawing criticism from Wyoming’s governor. The announcement marks the second quarter in a row that the agency, which manages energy development, recreation, grazing and conservation on 245 million federal acres, halted lease sales after President Joe Biden signed an executive order in January that included a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands. The BLM cited the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI) ongoing review of the federal oil and gas leasing program for why the lease sales, which is required quarterly under the Mineral Leasing Act, aren’t being held. “This decision does not impact existing operations or permits for valid, existing leases, which continue to be reviewed and approved,” the agency said. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon called the BLM announcement “disappointing, disheartening and not surprising. “What is most disappointing is that the Department of Interior could have chosen to review the federal oil and gas...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. judge allows oil and gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amid environmental concerns. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There are fewer premium tracts available for leasing by oil and gas developers on state trust land in the Permian Basin, and New Mexico land managers say that's having an effect on revenues generated by monthly lease sales. The State Land Office said Monday that lease sales netted nearly $17 million for the year, marking a decrease of nearly 68% when compared to 2019. The sale completed earlier this month brought in more than $2.3 million for 2,880 acres. After the December sale, only 9% of state trust land mineral estate in the premium part of the Permian Basin is available to be leased, according to the agency. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said that means all or almost all of the premium trust land tracts could be held by a lease within the next few years. “The State Land Office has taken action to assure that we are making as much money for our beneficiaries as possible from the land that we still have available," she said, pointing to the implementation of minimum bids...
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