Judge BLOCKS Biden Administration – Smacks Them Down!
(WatchDogReport.org) – The Biden Administration has had a tough time of it in the courts on multiple issues over the last 18-plus months. The case of Louisiana v. Biden is the most recent. Judge Terry Doughty is hearing the case in the Western District of Louisiana. On August 18, he issued a permanent injunction, stopping the administration from its plan to “pause” oil and gas drilling leases in 13 states.
A Louisiana federal judge has blocked the Biden administration’s ability to unilaterally "pause" oil and gas leasing in 13 states, after an appeals court lifted the judge's nationwide injunction just a day earlier @ClarkMindock https://t.co/EuTPGKkryV pic.twitter.com/c1PL6GxERW
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) August 22, 2022
Almost immediately upon taking office, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008 — Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. As part of that, he instructed the Secretary of the Interior to hit the brakes on drilling leases on federal lands and offshore waters. The first time that Judge Doughty granted a preliminary injunction, in June 2021, he did so on a nationwide level. An appeals court overruled that decision based on a “lack of specificity” just one day before this permanent, but geographically limited, ruling was issued.
In his decision, Doughty took it a step beyond just saying they cannot pause leasing on eligible lands; he also preemptively stopped the administration from trying to “make eligible lands ineligible.” Because this impacts the liberal agenda on climate issues, it’s quite likely the government will once again appeal this to the Fifth Circuit Court.
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