Bloomberg Law
Aug. 17, 2021, 7:45 PM

‘Defiant’ Interior Unlikely to Lease Oil Soon, Despite Injunction

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

Attorneys say they aren’t expecting the Interior Department to announce an immediate oil and gas lease sale, after the agency said Monday that it’ll proceed with leasing following a federal court injunction.

Setting the day and time of an oil and gas lease sale requires advance planning, and “you cannot wake up one morning and just say, let’s have a lease sale tomorrow or in, say, 30 days, without being ready,” said Sam Kalen, a natural resources law professor at the University of Wyoming.

Interior announced Monday it would restart lease sales, more than two months after the U.S. District ...

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