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Environmentalists Blocked from Defending Biden Oil Leasing Pause

May 10, 2021, 9:07 PM

Environmentalists were shut out of litigation over the Biden administration’s oil leasing freeze after a federal judge rejected an attempt to intervene on the government’s side.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana said the Natural Resources Defense Council, Healthy Gulf, and other groups hadn’t shown that federal government lawyers wouldn’t adequately represent their interests while fending off a Louisiana-led challenge to the leasing pause.

“This Court believes the Government Defendants and Conservation Groups have the ‘same ultimate objective’ and Conservation Groups have not overcome the presumption of adequacy,” Judge Terry A. Doughty wrote in an order ...

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