Biden Plan To Block New Oil And Gas Drilling Leases On Federal Land Hits Major Roadblock In Judges Ruling

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A federal judge in Louisiana stopped the Biden administration on Tuesday from blocking new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land, a key component of Biden’s far-left environmental agenda, by issuing an preliminary injunction in the case.

“Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe said the administration doesn’t have the legal right to stop leasing federal territory for oil-and-gas production without approval from Congress,” The Wall Street Journal reported, adding that the judge noted that “states suing the federal government—largely southern and coastal states—will be harmed immediately as the pause prevents them from collecting lease bids and bonuses from oil-and-gas prospectors.”

More than a dozen states sued the Biden administration over its extreme proposal, including Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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