CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Representative Liz Cheney on Thursday weighed in on the Biden administration’s temporary ban on new oil and gas leasing and drilling on federal lands.
“This order from the Biden/Harris Administration is deeply misguided and would have severe ramifications in Wyoming,” Cheney said. “At a time when we need to be doing everything possible to support our energy producers and our economy, prohibiting BLM offices from leasing and permitting will negatively impact so many hard-working families who rely on the national treasures in our state to make a living.”
The Petroleum Association of Wyoming said Thursday that if the ban remains in place it could cost Wyoming 15,000 jobs annually through 2025 and that the state could lose $300 million in tax revenue each year, citing a Wyoming Energy Authority funded study conducted by a University of Wyoming professor.
Cheney vowed to work to protect Wyoming’s oil and gas sector.
“I will fight aggressively for the interests of our energy industry, and will stand with our partners in Wyoming to use all the tools at our disposal to challenge this senseless order and future ones like it,” she said.
Department of the Interior Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega signed the
60-day order to suspend all new oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands on Wednesday.