Biden Administration to Resume Plans for Federal Oil and Gas Development

The department will continue its planning for "responsible oil and gas development on America’s public lands and waters," Interior spokesperson Melissa Schwartz said in an emailed statement.


The Biden administration on March 18 said it would resume plans for oil and gas development on federal lands following a court ruling this week that temporarily restored a measure meant to factor the cost of global warming into federal decision-making.

The announcement comes a month after the Interior Department said it would delay upcoming federal oil and gas lease sales because a Louisiana federal court judge blocked the administration from using its "social cost of carbon" value to factor the risks of climate change into decisions on permitting, investment and regulatory issues.

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