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Interior Department to Relaunch Limited Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Interior Department to Relaunch Limited Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

The Biden administration aims to substantially curb new oil and natural gas drilling on public lands as it attempts to combat climate change and emphasize renewable fuels. The White House said it would resume selling leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands, though the number of acres available declined dramatically and it…

April 19, 2022
Biden Administration Resumes Oil, Natural Gas Leasing on Federal Land – With New Twists

Biden Administration Resumes Oil, Natural Gas Leasing on Federal Land – With New Twists

The Biden administration aims to substantially curb new oil and natural gas drilling on public lands as it attempts to combat climate change and emphasize renewable fuels. The White House said it would resume selling leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands, though the number of acres available declined dramatically and it…

April 18, 2022
BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

The Department of Interior (DOI) said it is relocating the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) back to Washington, DC, from Grand Junction, CO. The DOI said “following years of transition and upheaval among the workforce” the change would “enable the bureau to better serve the American public and fulfill its mission as…

September 20, 2021
Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming’s two main oil and gas trade groups are seeking to expedite the resumption of oil and gas leases on federal property by the Department of the Interior (DOI). In a merits brief filed Aug. 30 in Wyoming District Court, the Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) allege that DOI is…

September 8, 2021
Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

The U.S. government confirmed in a court filing it would resume federal oil and gas lease sales — and established a timeline — to comply with a ruling that called for an end to the Biden administration’s moratorium. Critics, however, noted that Biden administration officials intend to stretch the process out over several months as…

August 25, 2021
Matador Reports Record Permian Natural Gas, Oil Production and Accelerates Well Completions

Matador Reports Record Permian Natural Gas, Oil Production and Accelerates Well Completions

Matador Resources Co. reported record natural gas, oil and total oil equivalent production during the second quarter, driven by “better-than-expected” performance of 13 new wells in the New Mexico portion of the Permian Basin, according to CEO Joseph Foran. Natural gas production rose 23% sequentially to about 239.1 MMcf/d, while oil output was up 28%…

August 23, 2021
Before U.S. Senate Committee, Critics Blast Biden’s Moratorium on Federal Oil, Gas Lease Sales

Before U.S. Senate Committee, Critics Blast Biden’s Moratorium on Federal Oil, Gas Lease Sales

Oil and natural gas industry leaders and politicians railed against President Biden’s decision to freeze oil and gas lease sales on federal lands and waters through at least June during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday. Government officials, meanwhile, defended the pause as a necessary step as they review the program…

April 27, 2021
BLM to Incorporate Oil, Natural Gas Climate Impacts in Western Colorado RMP

BLM to Incorporate Oil, Natural Gas Climate Impacts in Western Colorado RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to incorporate potential climate impacts into a revamped resource management plan (RMP) for oil and gas leasing in western Colorado that covers nearly one million acres. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado last week approved the Interior Department agency’s request to remand the 20-year RMP…

March 30, 2021
BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

A federal judge has invalidated key land use plans in Montana that were approved under former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Director William Perry Pendley, a decision that could imperil land use decisions elsewhere and pave the way for a deluge of litigation from environmental groups. The ruling issued last Friday was the second…

October 20, 2020
Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has asked a district court to shelve three large-scale plans that would open most federal lands in the state to oil and gas development, arguing they were invalidated when a federal court ruled the Trump administration’s top public lands official was serving illegally. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of the District…

October 8, 2020
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