A federal district court blocked the Biden administration Thursday from removing 6 million acres out of an upcoming oil and gas drilling lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge James D. Cain Jr. ruled that the Department of the Interior could not move forward with its plan aimed at protecting the endangered Rice’s whale.
Cain’s preliminary injunction also reverses Biden administration restrictions on boating activity in the area, including new speed limits and requirements for personnel on industry vessels.
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