Environmental and gulf groups filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s decision to offer 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing.

EarthJustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Healthy Gulf, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Center for Biological Diversity.

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Brettny Hardy, Earthjustice attorney, said, “This lease sale is deeply disappointing. The Biden’s administration has folded to the oil industry based on its campaign of disinformation and political pressure, ignoring the worsening climate emergency we face. Our planet cannot handle more stress from oil and gas production, and yet the Biden administration is plowing ahead with a lease sale that will have impacts for decades into the future.”

The environmental analysis used in defense of this decision from the Biden administration is highly flawed and outdated. Not to mention that the Rice’s whale, one of the most endangered animals on the planet, lives in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hallie Templeton, deputy legal director at Friends of the Earth, said, “Despite campaign promises to be climate and environmental justice champions, the Biden administration has opted to resume oil and gas lease sales. To add insult to injury, federal officials have violated federal law by relying on outdated and flawed environmental analysis while continuing to treat the Gulf of Mexico as a sacrificial zone to Big Oil. To say we are disappointed is a gross understatement.” 

This decision is highly discouraging and frustrating for anyone that cares about the environment, as the gas and oil industry is so disruptive to the environment and to wildlife.

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