NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered an end to the Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water.
The judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit by Louisiana's attorney general and officials in 12 other states. Those states say the administration bypassed comment periods and other bureaucratic steps required before such delays can be undertaken.
Administration attorneys argue the suspension was legally applied. The moratorium was imposed after Democratic President Joe Biden on Jan. 27 signed executive orders to fight climate change. The suit was filed in March.
In response, Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the federal court for upholding the Constitution. "This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans. We appreciate that federal courts have recognized President Biden is completely outside his authority in his attempt to shut down oil and gas leases on federal lands."
A link to Judge Doughty's ruling can be found here.
U.S. Congressman Garret Graves of South Louisiana released the following statement:
“I told you so. Today's ruling by Louisiana's U.S. District Court Judge affirmed what we knew would happen the moment the pen hit the paper on the moratoriums. Interior’s arbitrary decisions have had grave consequences and we thank the judge for realizing these impacts. The Administration’s decision to cancel America's energy leasing will result in higher gas prices and less funding for hurricane protection, flood control and coastal restoration.”