Environmental groups sue to block Biden administration oil and gas auctions

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(Reuters) -Environmental groups sued the Biden administration on Wednesday, seeking to block oil and gas lease sales in eight states as they kicked off in Wyoming. The legal action comes as the Department of the Interior holds auctions that were effectively compelled by a federal judge last year. The ruling a year ago blocked the government’s efforts to suspend federal oil and gas leasing over its climate impacts, a setback to President Joe Biden’s climate agenda. Interior has said it is proceeding with the sales because of the court order, but with sharply diminished acreage and steeper royal…

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