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Biden’s Freeze on Oil, Gas Leases on Public Land Is Reinstated — for Now

  • US appeals court rules injunction against freeze is too vague
  • Lower-court judge must clarify order forcing lease resumption
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WATCH: Biden won temporary permission to pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters. Annmarie Hordern reports.Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a US appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of leasing from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska and ordered the judge to revisit the issue. In the meantime, Biden’s pause stands.