Federal Lands

Industry Urges DOI to Preserve Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing as Haaland Calls for Overhaul

Industry Urges DOI to Preserve Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing as Haaland Calls for Overhaul

Leading U.S. oil and gas trade group American Petroleum Institute (API) on Thursday urged the Biden administration to fully reinstate leasing on federal property, warning of environmental and economic impacts under a long-term ban. Biden has paused via executive order (EO) the awarding of new leases amid a comprehensive review of the Interior Department (DOI)…

March 29, 2021
North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

As the Biden administration further examines the ramifications of its pause on oil and natural gas leases on federal lands, it will find North Dakota’s Bakken Shale has a “unique story to tell,” according to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Director Lynn Helms. Most of the federal lands in North Dakota are split estates, where…

March 18, 2021
New Mexico Permian Faces Loss of Production, Revenue if Federal Leasing Ceases, Says Dallas Fed

New Mexico Permian Faces Loss of Production, Revenue if Federal Leasing Ceases, Says Dallas Fed

New Mexico’s Permian Basin has feathered the state’s coffers and built the nation’s oil reserves, but if the Biden administration implements a ban of federal permitting, the region’s economy could take a sharp hit, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Biden administration in late January directed the Department of the Interior to…

March 4, 2021
Pioneer Natural’s Permian Production Slightly Dented by Icy Blast in Texas

Pioneer Natural’s Permian Production Slightly Dented by Icy Blast in Texas

The harsh winter weather encountered in Texas last week took a bite out of Permian Basin giant Pioneer Natural Resources Co.’s oil production, but the company should make up the loss and more in 2021, CEO Scott Sheffield said Wednesday. The winter storm last week knocked out about 30,000 b/d of oil output, but most…

February 24, 2021
North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

An exemption for Native American lands in the Biden Administration’s executive order (EO) pausing new leasing on federal lands is “highly significant” for North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play, according to the state’s top oil and natural gas regulator. Biden’s order directed to the Interior Department’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management “does not restrict energy activities…

February 18, 2021
Environmental Groups’ Legal Victory Protects Sage Grouse, Marks Another Blow to Drilling on Federal Lands

Environmental Groups’ Legal Victory Protects Sage Grouse, Marks Another Blow to Drilling on Federal Lands

Environmental groups that sued to throw out a federal plan allowing new exploration and mining on public lands heralded a recent win in court that they said was vital to protect greater sage grouse. A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration decision to jettison sage grouse protections from 10 million acres in the…

February 12, 2021
Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Just days before ConocoPhillips’ Alaska division was slated to begin construction of the long-planned Willow project, a federal judge ordered a delay in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups that alleges former President Trump’s administration overlooked wildlife and climate change impacts. In a decision issued last week, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason temporarily…

February 11, 2021
U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Sounds Alarm as Biden Order Halts Federal Leasing

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Sounds Alarm as Biden Order Halts Federal Leasing

The U.S. oil and gas industry reacted with dismay and the first of perhaps multiple lawsuits Wednesday ahead of an executive order (EO) by President Biden directing the Department of the Interior (DOI) to pause new oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands and offshore waters. The EO published Wednesday afternoon follows a 60-day…

January 28, 2021
Mixed Reaction from Oil, Natural Gas Industry as Biden Names Top Climate, Energy Picks

Mixed Reaction from Oil, Natural Gas Industry as Biden Names Top Climate, Energy Picks

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday unveiled his picks for the top climate and energy posts in his administration, leaving little doubt of an impending sea change in federal policy when he takes office on Jan. 20. The nominations and appointments comprise U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Department of the Interior (DOI) secretary; former…

December 18, 2020
Trump Administration Moves to Auction Alaska ANWR for Oil, Natural Gas Development

Trump Administration Moves to Auction Alaska ANWR for Oil, Natural Gas Development

The Trump administration on Monday began a formal push that possibly could allow oil and natural gas leases to be auctioned in Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) before Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn into office in January. According to a preliminary notice in the Federal Register to be published on Tuesday, the…

November 16, 2020
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