[Ed. – Some rare good news, although we can assume the Biden administration will appeal the decision.]
Joe Biden used his first day in the Oval Office to put a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands. Thirteen states quickly sued, citing harm done by the pause on their budgets.
Tuesday evening, Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana granted a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration, effectively blocking the ban. The judge’s decision puts the ball in Biden’s court to decide whether to appeal.
Louisiana led the lawsuit.