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Breaking: Federal judge stops Biden from blocking Alaska oil and leases

A federal judge put a stop to the Biden Administration’s unlawful moratorium placed on oil and gas leasing until the litigation is completed.

Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe, Louisiana said Biden’s cancellation of oil and gas leases was illegal.

The judge said the states suing the federal government could prove immediate harm, as the moratorium prevents them from collecting fees from oil and gas exploration and production.

Alaska, along with Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia filed the lawsuit against Biden, who in his first week of his presidency suspended federal leases.

“This is excellent news for Alaska. As we have seen in less than five months, the threat of federal overreach on major economic projects within Alaska is very real,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “It is stunning that a federal judge has to tell the President of the United States to stop trying to illegally shut down environmentally sound oil and gas development and good paying jobs for Americans and Alaskans – which support the indigenous tribes and residents of Alaska’s North Slope – while the president works to promote carbon emitting Russian gas production overseas. Alaska is consistently a top producer of oil and gas in the U.S. and we are proud of our state’s responsible development and transportation of oil to meet American demand.”

The Interior Department said it would review the decision before responding.

Doughty wrote, “The omission of any rational explanation in cancelling the lease sales, and in enacting the Pause, results in this Court ruling that Plaintiff States also have a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of this claim.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • There is the smoking gun! President Biden violated the law. Worse, he was abusing his power with intentional malice to destroy American industry. No doubt he’s doing China’s bidding.
    Judging by the standard for the last President, the Justice Department needs to start a secret investigation and prosecute everyone in the inner circle involved in the illegal directives. Congress should immediately start the impeachment proceedings!

  • Three cheers for a sane judge. But we’re not out of the swamp yet…

  • Great. Joe doesn’t know law. Barry should have known though.

  • According to our local democrat news media KTUU, Biden has every right to block the leases. I’m shocked!

  • Great!

  • Thank God!!! More to follow! @dreamgbutterfly 🦋⚖️🏹

  • Awesome News!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Finally, its about time Alaska has defeated environmentalist!

  • Great news, I just noticed today that oil has hit $72 per bbl. I’ve always been amazed how our domestic oil produces climate change while Saudi and Russian oil does not. Hmm, how does that work? Also, why is it better to run thousands of rail tanker cars pulled by diesel locomotives as opposed to using a pipeline? Maybe some of our illustrious Democrats out there can enlighten me.

  • Alaska doesn’t have enough electoral votes to interest Biden. All his and Obama’s mission now are to further weaken America. The stoolie Kerry was over in Iran all during the Trump administration stabbing Us in the back and should be tried for treason and hung. Of course he was just taking orders from Barack.

  • Awesome
    Good for you judge Terry, Stand your ground, we the people ofAlaska are behind you.
    THANK YOU
    May God bless you.

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