Description: Lawsuit challenging the Biden administration's moratorium on oil and gas leasing.
North Dakota v. U.S. Department of the Interior
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/23/2021 Motion Download Motion for immediate mandamus relief filed by North Dakota. 07/07/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. North Dakota Challenged Oil and Gas Leasing Moratorium. The State of North Dakota filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of North Dakota seeking review of the Biden administration’s moratorium on federal oil and gas lease sales. North Dakota asserted violations of the Mineral Leasing Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, NEPA, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The State asked the court to compel the federal defendants to hold quarterly lease sales and to prohibit the defendants from canceling lease sales in North Dakota. Two other lawsuits had previously been filed to challenge the pause on leasing, and the Western District of Louisiana issued an order in June blocking the pause on new onshore and offshore leasing.