Description: Seeking moratorium on leasing of federal public land fossil fuel rights under Mineral Leasing Act pending comprehensive review of all leasing programs.
Petition for a Moratorium on the Leasing of Federal Public Land Fossil Fuels
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/12/2016 Petition Petition submitted. Environmental Group Asked Interior for Moratorium on Leasing Public Land Fossil Fuels. On July 12, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a petition with the United States Department of the Interior asking it to impose a moratorium on the leasing of federal public land fossil fuels under the Mineral Leasing Act. CBD said that the moratorium should be put in place immediately and that it should remain in effect until a comprehensive review of all federal fossil fuel leasing programs was completed and policies were developed to ensure that future leasing would be consistent with the United States’ goals of holding global warming “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and pursuing efforts to “limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”