Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 26, 2021

Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil & Gas Leases on Federal Land

The New York Times  reports

President Biden on Wednesday will direct federal agencies to determine how expansive a ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal land should be, part of a suite of executive orders that will effectively launch his agenda to combat climate change, two people with knowledge of the president’s plans said Monday.

An eventual ban on new drilling leases would fulfill a campaign promise that infuriated the oil industry and became a central theme in the fight for the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania, where the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become big business.

Read more at Biden Launches Climate Change Efforts – The New York Times


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