Since US President Biden’s inauguration, the Biden administration has taken several actions to restrict the issuance of oil and gas permits for production on federal public lands and federal offshore waters, but the extent of the shift in policy undertaken remains uncertain as the US Department of Interior has continued to issue permits for drilling on such public lands and waters. Accordingly, the Interior Department’s future actions will need to be monitored carefully to assess the scope and implications of the administration’s policy with respect to energy development on federal lands and waters.

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