Interior Department Begins Review of Oil, Gas Leasing Program

March 9, 2021, 4:22 PM

The Biden administration is beginning its comprehensive study of whether -- and how -- the U.S. government sells drilling rights on federal land and waters, a review that could chart the future of U.S. energy development for decades to come.

The Interior Department said it would hold a forum on leasing as it outlined its first formal steps on the review Tuesday, roughly six weeks after President Joe Biden ordered the agency to pause selling oil and gas leases. The move responds to appeals from both oil industry leaders and environmentalists who have pressed the administration for clarity on the ...

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