Louisiana governor urges feds to resume offshore leases in months

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FILE – This Sunday, April 10, 2011 picture shows a rig and supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, off the cost of Louisiana. Thirteen states sued the Biden administration Wednesday, March 24, 2021 to end a suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water and to reschedule canceled sales of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska waters and western states. The Republican-leaning states, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, seek a court order ending the moratorium imposed after Democratic President Joe Biden signed executive orders on climate change on Jan. 27. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor is urging the federal government to resume offshore oil and gas leasing within months.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told a U.S. Senate committee that it’s important to support the industry even as the state and the nation work to curb greenhouse gases.

He says a prolonged pause or an abrupt halt would devastate Louisiana’s economy and its ability to protect and restore its vanishing wetlands.

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