Frivolous Environmental Lawsuits Delay Nearly Every Federal Oil and Gas Lease

‘Frivolous protests on anti-fossil fuel sentiments or general opinions are not helpful to the BLM in addressing legitimate protest concerns…’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) After public protests failed to stop President Donald Trump from authorizing the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines, environmentalists have turned to lawsuits.

Environmental groups are challenging nearly every oil and gas lease proposed by the Trump administration.

The federal government has offered 4,000 land parcels to oil and gas drillers since 2016, and formal protests have challenged about 90 percent of them, Reuters reported.

President Barack Obama’s administration offered about 2,250 parcels for lease in 2012, slightly more than the Trump administration currently offers. Yet environmentalists protested fewer than 500 parcels.

The ‘Keep it in the Ground’ movement did not emerge until Trump took office, likely because Obama assured the environmentalists that he would crush domestic oil and gas drilling.