Federal Public Lands

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New Department Of The Interior Rules Update Onshore Oil & Gas Leasing & Other Regulations

The US Department of the Interior is stepping up regulations to protect federal lands from the havoc of fossil fuel development and rampant disregard for endangered wildlife. It has announced a final rule to revise the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) oil and gas leasing regulations, “which will ensure a … [continued]

200 Clean Energy Companies Urge Congress to Pass Siting, Permitting, & Transmission Reform Before 2024…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — [This week] nearly 200 solar and storage companies sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for legislation to improve permitting, project siting, transmission, and public lands access for solar and solar plus storage projects. Market forecasts show that a range of policy and economic outcomes will determine the volume … [continued]

Judge Pauses Biden Pause On Oil & Gas Leasing

A federal judge on Tuesday effectively paused the Biden administration’s pause on new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters. The preliminary injunction applies nationwide and is a blow to a high-profile component of Biden’s sweeping executive actions on climate change, taken soon after assuming office. The administration said … [continued]

Siting Renewable Energy Responsibly on Public Lands

Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Joshua Axelrod  Following passage of an ambitious 25-gigawatt renewable energy siting goal in December 2020, Congress is considering legislation that will help that goal be met responsibly, with as little environmental harm as possible. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) has reintroduced the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act … [continued]