The Biden administration reached a legal agreement Tuesday night with environmental groups agreeing to block drilling on more than 58,000 acres of public land.
federal government refrain from issuing any drilling permits for the 113 58,617-acre leases. in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota in accordance with an agreement between the Department of Interior (DOI) and coalition of organizations led by the WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club.
“Today’s agreement opens the door for the Biden administration to undo the recklessness and neglect of the Trump administration for climate and public interest”, Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy program director of Guardians of the WildEarth, they said in announcement on Wednesday.
“Oil and gas leasing is completely contrary to with climate action, we applaud the administration for agreeing to do the right thing,” Nichols said.
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The Bureau of Land administration – DOI sub-agency tasked with control public land — agreed to conduct additional environmental and climate impact analysis before issuing final decision on in future of drilling permits on rent. Analysis will be carried out in conformity with An April 2021 order by Interior Minister Deb Haaland prioritizes climate change. in such reviews.
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“We can no longer ignore the devastating effects of the ongoing leasing of fossil fuels. on Health of our communities and future of our planet,” said Dan Ritzman, director of Sierra Club Lands Water Wildlife Campaign.
“We remain hope that this agreement will outline way forward for public land management based in science and it serves the interests of people, not oil and gas corporations,” he said. added.
113 leases were awarded to fossil fuel exploration and drilling companies in five leases conducted by the Trump administration. in 2019 and 2020. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging five decisions in January 2021, just days before President Biden took office.
Tuesday’s settlement represented the position of the Biden administration. latest aggressive scaling efforts back federal oil and gas leasing program as part of its climate agenda. The Administration has repeatedly postponed the sale both on land and at sea since the adoption office.
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During his first In 18 months, the Biden administration leased 71,251 acres. of public land for drilling for oil and gas, while the Trump administration leased 478,420 acres during its first 12 months.
DOI declined to comment.