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Biden Administration Says Oil Leasing to Resume on Federal Land

  • Decision comes after court allows use of carbon cost metric
  • Interior last month said drilling permits would be delayed
An oil drilling rig operates near Midland, Texas.

An oil drilling rig operates near Midland, Texas.

Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

The Biden administration said Friday it would resume plans for oil and gas drilling on federal lands after a federal appeals court granted a White House request to allow the administration to use a revamped metric for calculating the potential cost to society of greenhouse gas emissions. 

“With this ruling, the Department continues its planning for responsible oil and gas development on America’s public lands and waters,” Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said in an email. “Calculating the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions provides important information that has been part of the foundation of the work the Interior Department has undertaken over the past year.”