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Energy Groups Suing Biden Administration for Failing to Hold Mandated Gas and Oil Lease Sales

Energy Groups Suing Biden Administration for Failing to Hold Mandated Gas and Oil Lease Sales

Meanwhile, slow-walking and game-playing by the administration continue as the next date for any onshore lease sales is currently set for mid-2023.

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The last time I checked on the Biden administration’s war against the fossil fuel industry, a Louisiana federal judge blocked its ability to unilaterally “pause” oil and gas leasing in 13 states.

Despite the ruling, Biden’s Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been slow-walking the lease sales and using green justice tactics to halt other development.

BLM has conducted some state lease sales. The administration also has advanced more leasing but under more stringent guidelines. Among other things, Interior has scheduled two of three offshore auctions and is eyeing May to begin onshore lease sales in several states.

Meanwhile, a federal plan to auction more than 725,000 acres in 11 Central California counties for drilling was blocked Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (No. 3:19-cv-07155-JSC).

The Center for Biological Diversity and other groups had sued BLM to halt new fossil fuel development.

District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley approved the agreement between BLM and the groups in which the environmental impacts are to be further analyzed. The drilling program had been approved by the Trump administration in 2019.

Tired of the tactics, a pair of energy industry groups have filed a lawsuit, alleging the Biden administration has failed to comply with federal mandates regarding how often auctions of land for oil and gas drilling are held.

The Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) argued in the lawsuit that the Department of the Interior (DOI) was in violation of the Mineral Leasing Act which requires quarterly onshore oil and gas lease sales. The groups also criticized the administration for signaling in November that it won’t hold any onshore sales until mid-2023.

“The Mineral Leasing Act is clear: the Interior Secretary must hold at least quarterly lease sales in every state where there is interest, as reflected by nominations,” Kathleen Sgamma, the president of the Western Energy Alliance, said in a statement.

“Oil and natural gas companies have nominated millions of acres in Wyoming and across the West that have yet to be offered for sale. Not only has this administration held only one set of lease sales in its first two years, but has now signaled that there will be no sales until second quarter 2023, a full year later,” she continued. “Once a year does not equal ‘quarterly.'”

Meanwhile, the slow-walking and game-playing by the Biden administration continues as the next date for any onshore lease sales is currently set for mid-2023.

Interior, as well as environmental groups opposed to new leasing, have argued in public and in court that the government has wide discretion over whether and when to lease federal acreage, as well as how much acreage to lease.

The Biden administration has taken actions to advance new leasing while also adding new strictures.

Interior has scheduled two of the three offshore oil and gas lease sales Congress ordered in the Democrats’ green energy and health spending bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act. The department is eyeing May 2023 to carry out onshore lease sales in several states.

The department has also begun implementing higher royalty and rental rates on leased acreage, which Congress also ordered in the new climate law, and directed state offices not to favor oil and gas leasing for the use of federal lands over other uses, such as recreation.

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The left is sure their version of “green energy” will save the day but you’re going to have to be forced to agree. So they give you no choice. It’s right out of the liberal playbook.

    I can assure you, based on personal experience, that “green energy” is going to do nothing out of the kind. They tried it here two years ago.

Inflation will be with us until the restrictions on drilling and production are removed. The high cost of Energy is added into everything you buy.

    Inflation and supply chain issues. There doesn’t seem to be a real shortage of gasoline right now, but we’re pretty much out of diesel. By the end of winter, it may not be how much things cost, but if they’re even available.

The old trap. Even if they honor their obligation to hold lease sales, they are going to delay permitting, so there isn’t any real gain even if they can sell the leases.

Our moral and intellectual betters still don’t understand unexpected consequences — more accurately governing complex systems by hot take.

When using the official heat starts freezing all the Germans, the ones who survive are gonna look for heat that can’t be cut off.

The technology’s come a long, long way. Self-sufficient homesteads are easier and more comfortable than ever.

It is mind boggling that our own government is attempting to crush the very industry that is the literal engine of our entire economy, not to even mention our very own survival.
There is NO substitute for so-called fossil fuels that could begin to replace them, and they know this! And it is all masquerading under the guise of the totally hypothetical and irrational, and unfounded THEORY of Climate Change, which they also know to be utterly false.

I believe this is all part of a plan to seize control of the oil, gas & coal industries under an eventual self-created “National Emergency”, And once they are fully in control of those industries all bets are off, and we will all be officially slaves to the state (moreso than we are now).

Don’t be surprised at the manufactured crisis or the extraordinary solution to resolve it. Stopping Citizen Mobility and the ability to move to places with lower tax rates, better economic opportunities, and less onerous regulations is akin to denying the rights of freedom of speech and bearing arms: It allows heavy-handed bureaucrats to crush the will of the people.

The Democrats have already proven their disdain for citizens in multiple ways, from fixing elections, to manipulating the news and opinion, to indoctrinating students and polluting their minds, to immoral perversion being legitimized as “normal and alternative behavior.”

In Canada the government has shown they are willing to Steal earned monies by “freezing access” to individuals’ accounts, because they rebel against the government. So why are we surprised when a rogue government chooses to ignore a Judge’s Ruling, by slow-walking it. It is “Justice denied, by any and all means.”

One would hope the Judge who blocked the executive order would “pull a Buford Pusser,” starting with issuing a bench warrant, demanding that “Mayor Pete” and Pervy Uncle Joe appear before him to explain why he hasn’t complied with his Ruling, staying the Executive Order. A contempt ruling and punishment would be the next step.