Biden Plans To Suspend New Oil Drilling Permits On Federal Land
Biden's plan will have a massive impact on states such as New Mexico
As part of Joe Biden's plans to crack down on fossil fuels, he is now preparing to implement a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on federal land.
The plans include a suspension of new drilling permits to oil companies on federal land indefinitely while the Department of the Interior conducts a review of oil development’s impact on climate change.
Biden's plan will have a massive impact on states such as New Mexico, where the federal government controls a third of the state.
The new moratorium is being viewed by Biden fulfilling his promise to end federal land and offshore oil drilling.
But critics have highlighted Biden's repeated promised to “not ban fracking" during his campaign.
Interim Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega froze new oil and gas drilling permits on federal land for 60 days.
The order causes a massive backlash from New Mexico officials and leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe in Utah,
“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating drilling on public lands will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy what’s left of our state’s economy,” Dale Janway, the mayor of Carlsbad, New Mexico, said.
“How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well-researched, not knee-jerk mandates that just hurt an already impoverished state.”
Oil industry groups slammed the move.
"This is just the start. It will get worse,'' said Brook Simmons, president of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma.
"Meanwhile, the laws of physics, chemistry and supply and demand remain in effect. Oil and natural gas prices are going up, and so will home heating bills, consumer prices and fuel costs.''
Kierán Suckling, executive director at the Center for Biological Diversity, praised the move.
“The fossil fuel industry has inflicted tremendous damage on the planet. The administration’s review, if done correctly, will show that filthy fracking and drilling must end for good, everywhere,."
Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, Luke Duncan, wrote in his letter to de la Vega:
The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation respectfully requests that you immediately amend Order No. 3395 to provide an exception for energy permits and approvals on Indian lands.
The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members.
Your order is a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination. Indian lands are not federal public lands. Any action on our lands and interests can only be taken after effective tribal consultation.Order No. 3395 violates the United States treaty and trust responsibilities to the Ute Indian Tribe and violates important principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
Your order was also issued in violation (of) our government-to-government relationship. Executive Order No. 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and Interior’s own Policy on Consultation with Tribal Governments.The order must be withdrawn or amended to comply with Federal law and policies. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We look forward from hearing from you.
The Ute Indian Tribe does not mince words in their response to Interior’s order restricting federal energy development:— Megan Barnett Bloomgren (@MeganBloomgren) January 22, 2021
“Your order is a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination.” pic.twitter.com/U5MiZCMx4n