Environmental Groups Sue to Block Biden Administration Oil and Gas Auctions

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington D.C., alleges that the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management violated the law by failing to adequately analyze the oil and gas lease sales’ impact on climate change.

Nichola Groom, Reuters

The Biden administration’s first sale of oil and gas drilling rights on federal land garnered thin industry interest on June 29 while environmental groups filed two separate lawsuits seeking to invalidate the results.

The sales, which will continue on June 30 and cover eight states, were viewed as a test of oil industry demand for federal acreage amid soaring fuel prices and calls from President Joe Biden to increase domestic output.

The first day of bidding on 120,000 acres in Wyoming wrapped up with no bids on more than a third of the 105 parcels offered, according to online auction platform EnergyNet. Of the $12.5 million in high bids generated on June 29, $8.9 million was for a single 1,480-acre parcel in Converse County.

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