Haaland Sidesteps Senate Questions on Oil and Gas, Conservation

June 16, 2021, 5:04 PM

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland sidestepped senators’ questions about some of her department’s pressing issues on Wednesday, including oil and gas leasing, migratory bird policies and the White House’s conservation goals.

She said the Interior Department is reviewing a Tuesday federal court decision to end the department’s pause on oil and gas leasing and will comply with the ruling.

“Any other information will be forthcoming,” Haaland told members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee at a hearing on Interior’s fiscal year 2022 budget request.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) asked Haaland about when Interior will begin writing a new five-year oil and gas ...

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