North Dakota Sues the Biden Administration Over Oil and Gas Leases

The State of North Dakota has sued the Biden administration for suspending new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, claiming it will cost the state almost $5 billion in lost revenue and keep more than half a billion barrels of oil in the ground.

President Biden ordered the suspension days after taking office as part of his climate change agenda — but the move was blocked in federal court in June, allowing states to proceed with new leases.

North Dakota joins 14 other states with Republican attorneys general who have filed lawsuits over the moratorium on new leases.

The Department of the Interior, the federal agency that oversees oil and gas leases, declined to comment.

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