Within a week of Joe Biden’s inauguration, he signed Executive Order 14008 to ban oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. IADC publicly condemned this leasing ban by the Biden Administration given the economic benefits of oil and gas leases.
This didn’t simply stop new developments from coming to the auction block but halting leases already in the planning stages, as was the case when BOEM initially rescinded of Sale 257 in March only to then later continue on with the offshore lease.
A lawsuit was filed in the Western District Court of Louisiana by that state’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, along with officials from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. The lawsuit claimed that Executive Order 14008 violated the following:
- United States Constitution
- Administrative Procedure Act (APA)
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)
- Mineral Leasing Act
In early June, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, granted a preliminary injunction to the 12 states.