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Biden’s oil and gas drilling pause could hurt Wyoming, UW analysis


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According to a UW news release, the Thursday’s study “complements” Considine’s study.

It’s worth noting, a review of Considine’s study by Laura Zachary, co-director of Apogee Economics and Policy, a climate and energy firm, found multiple issues with the methodologies used in it, concluding the study “exaggerate(d) the economic impacts,” of a leasing moratorium or drilling for Wyoming and other states.

That said, Thursday’s study by the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute marks the state’s first formal analysis of the economic impacts of the new president’s executive order.

Wyoming political and energy leaders have decried the Biden administration’s orders from the very start. 

In a letter sent to the Interior Department’s acting secretary in February, Gov. Mark Gordon said Wyoming’s oil and gas operators faced long delays in obtaining permits and other approvals needed to continue operations on existing federal leases.

Gordon also issued an executive order directing state agencies to examine the financial effects of the moratorium. His order further directs the state to explore potential legal options available to Wyoming.

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