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Biden Administration Starts Process To Re-Open Oil And Gas Leases On Federal Land

Colorado State Land Board

News Brief

The Biden Administration’s moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands is coming to an end.

A federal judge recently pressured the Biden administration to start reopening the leasing process in some areas, or face being in contempt of court.

The government is now accepting public comments on thousands of acres of potential leases.

However, even though the administration is collecting comments for lease sales across the West, they still haven’t shown what kinds of new climate regulations they might put in place or whether they’ll even move forward with most of the leases.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Nevada Public Radio, Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Madelyn Beck is a regional Illinois reporter, based in Galesburg. On top of her work for Harvest Public Media, she also contributes to WVIK, Tri-States Public Radio and the Illinois Newsroom collaborative.