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Conservation Groups Stopped From Joining Oil Leasing Dispute

May 2, 2022, 4:11 PM

The Biden administration’s move to restart oil and gas leasing on public lands doesn’t give conservation groups an opening to intervene in a dispute between energy development groups and the federal government, a Louisiana federal judge ruled.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Healthy Gulf, and 14 other groups moved to intervene after challengers led by the American Petroleum Institute sued over a pause on oil and gas leasing. The conservation groups need to protect their interests in limiting harm to the environment, they told the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana at the time.

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