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Pause Urged for Federal Onshore Oil, Gas Leasing

Jan. 15, 2016, 5:00 AM

President Barack Obama should order the Interior Department to stop new leasing of onshore federal land for oil and natural gas drilling until a study is completed on the climate impacts of the leasing program, six environmental activist groups said in a Jan. 14 letter to the president.

The groups said state offices of Interior’s leasing agency, the Bureau of Land Management, refuse to quantify climate emissions from oil and gas development activities and ignore the climate costs from these activities to society.

“Five years ago, the Council on Environmental Quality published draft guidance on evaluating the climate change impacts ...