Oil, Gas Leasing Report Coming ‘Soon,’ Interior’s Haaland Says

July 22, 2021, 7:42 PM

A report on Interior Department review of the federal oil and gas leasing program on public lands is “coming very, very soon,” Secretary Deb Haaland said Thursday.

“We promised early summer,” Haaland said during a visit to Colorado. “It’s early summer. We’re still working on it.”

President Joe Biden, in an executive order, halted oil and gas leasing on federal public lands, most of which are in the West. The pause gives the Interior Department a chance to review the effects of leasing and drilling, Haaland has said.

Haaland spoke after a round table with federal, state and local officials ...

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