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President Biden's pause on federal oil and gas leases is back in effect, at least temporarily, after an appellate court ruling threw out an injunction against the administration.
In a Wednesday ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that when a lower court blocked the move, which halted new leases, they were not specific enough.
"We cannot reach the merits of the Government’s challenge when we cannot ascertain from the record what conduct—an unwritten agency policy, a written policy outside of the Executive Order, or the Executive Order itself—is enjoined," the ruling said, according to The Hill.
The injunction, from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, said that the Department of the Interior, as well as other agencies and officials, were blocked "from implementing the Pause of new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters as set forth in Section 208, Executive Order 14008," and "in all documents implementing the terms of said Executive Order by said defendants, as to all eligible lands."
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When they announced in August 2021 that they were appealing the injunction, the Interior Department stressed the need for the pause, noting that "federal onshore and offshore oil and gas leasing programs are responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions and growing climate and community impacts."