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Biden Shrinks U.S. Land Open for New Oil and Gas Drilling

  • Interior will sell oil and gas leases with new terms this year
  • Higher royalty rates and new environmental protections imposed
    

    

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President Joe Biden’s administration is dramatically curtailing U.S. public land available for new oil and gas development as it restarts leasing with new environmental protections.

The shift is part of a Bureau of Land Management plan to resume selling drilling rights on government-managed federal lands concentrated in the western U.S. When the government holds those auctions, expected later this year, roughly 80% less land will be available for oil and gas leasing, the Interior Department said.