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Judge blocks Biden's ban on oil drilling leases for having no 'rational explanation': ‘Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake’

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A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked the Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, claiming the administration provided no "rational explanation" for the ban and did not follow the law in executing it.

Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the administration from enforcing the moratorium. He said the suspension violated the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act, two laws designed to affirm the federal government's intent to achieve energy independence using U.S. resources.

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