Leases

Biden Administration Complies with Court, Schedules GOM Oil & Gas Lease Sale for November

Biden Administration Complies with Court, Schedules GOM Oil & Gas Lease Sale for November

The Biden administration said it would continue to review the “deficiencies” in the federal oil and gas leasing programs, but to comply with a court order, it is holding a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) sale in November. Shortly after taking office in January, President Biden ordered a review of the federal oil and gas leasing…

October 5, 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
API, Energy Trade Groups Sue to End Oil and Gas Leasing Pause on Federal Lands, Waters

API, Energy Trade Groups Sue to End Oil and Gas Leasing Pause on Federal Lands, Waters

A consortium of oil and gas industry groups said Monday they had sued the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to reverse its decision this year to indefinitely freeze oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands and waters. In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the…

August 16, 2021
Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal authorities must apply more scrutiny to potential impacts on greater sage grouse across hundreds of oil and natural gas leases in Wyoming and Montana before authorizing new drilling, a federal judge in Idaho has ruled. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under former President Trump, failed…

June 14, 2021
Competitive Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales Linked to Higher Government Revenues, GAO Finds

Competitive Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales Linked to Higher Government Revenues, GAO Finds

Federal onshore oil and gas leases awarded through competitive auctions have generated substantially higher production volumes and government revenues in recent years than noncompetitive federal leases, according to new analysis by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Lease sales are conducted by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), either via auction…

December 11, 2020
Forest Service Seeking to Streamline Oil, Natural Gas Project Approvals Through Rule Change

Forest Service Seeking to Streamline Oil, Natural Gas Project Approvals Through Rule Change

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to streamline the approval process for oil and natural gas development in national forests and grasslands. The proposed rule, issued on Tuesday, is posted in the Federal Register and available for public comment until Nov. 2. The overhaul, part of a larger mandate by the Trump administration to…

September 3, 2020
BOP, Montage, Others Gain Leases in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest and Beyond

BOP, Montage, Others Gain Leases in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest and Beyond

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eastern States Office said its latest oil and gas lease sale for properties in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Ohio brought in nearly $1.4 million.

September 20, 2019
Interior’s GOM Auction in August to Offer 14,500-Plus Leases

Interior’s GOM Auction in August to Offer 14,500-Plus Leases

The Interior Department will try once again in August to see if its strategy of offering every available unleased area in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to oil and gas operators is viable.

July 19, 2019

North Dakota Supreme Court Sides with State in Newfield Royalties Case

The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with the state in a ruling against Newfield Exploration Co., now part of Encana Corp., which it said had underpaid oil and gas royalties.

July 17, 2019

BOEM’s August Auction Again Offering Every Available Area in GOM for Oil, Gas Leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing a lease sale for August that again would provide region-wide access to oil and natural gas producers across an estimated 78 million acres.

March 14, 2019
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