Leasing

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
API, Chamber Urge Biden Administration to Lift Moratorium on Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

API, Chamber Urge Biden Administration to Lift Moratorium on Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined Republican leaders in calling on the Biden administration to lift its temporary pause on federal oil and natural gas leasing after a Louisiana district court ordered the moratorium be lifted. Fourteen states in March challenged President Biden’s executive order (EO), which in January,…

June 15, 2021
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
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
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

California Opposes BLM Plans to Open 1.2M Acres for Oil, Gas Leasing

In what is expected to prompt another tussle between the state and federal government, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week announced plans to open 1.2 million acres in California for oil and gas leasing.

December 17, 2019

Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing in Jeopardy After Wyoming Ruling

Wyoming’s resurgent oil and natural gas production may be in jeopardy after a federal judge on Tuesday ruled against the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for not adequately considering the effects of climate change in authorizing lease sales in the West.

March 21, 2019

Oil and Gas Industry Urges Interior to Expand Next Five-Year Offshore Leasing Program

A coalition of oil and natural gas industry groups, led by the American Petroleum Institute (API), urged the Interior Department to expand the next five-year offshore leasing program by at least evaluating and considering all areas of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

August 17, 2017

DOI Opening Public Comment Period for More Offshore Oil/Gas Leasing

Following aseries of initiatives outlined on Thursday by President Trump, the Department of the Interior (DOI) readied a public comment period for a new five year offshore leasing program that would open more of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to oil and gas drilling.

June 30, 2017

Obama Administration Halts New Oil, Gas Drilling in California’s Los Padres National Forest

In a move by the Obama administration to suspend pending litigation from conservation groups, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is halting new oil and natural gas leasing throughout the Los Padres National Forest in the southern half of California.

December 8, 2016
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