Interior Dept. postpones March oil leases onshore and offshore

News Wyoming News February 16, 2021

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Interior Dept. postpones March oil leases onshore and offshore

NEW ORLEANS, LA. | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY (AP) — The Interior Department says it’s postponing planned onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month after President Joe Biden’s executive order on climate change.

The Jan. 27 order instructed federal agencies to suspend oil and gas leasing until the program is reviewed.

In separate orders Friday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Land Management postponed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and four Western states. The states are Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

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