North Dakota sues feds over oil, gas lease sale suspension

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FILE – In this May 19, 2021, file photo, pump jacks extract oil from beneath the ground on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation east of New Town, N.D. North Dakota has sued the Biden administration over its suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water. The lawsuit filed Wednesday, July 7 in federal district court in Bismarck claims the move is unlawful and will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has sued the Biden administration over its suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water.

President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the move is unlawful and will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The lawsuit seeks to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reschedule two lease sales that already have been canceled and block the agency from revoking others in the future.

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