Ten AGs Opposed Federal Leasing for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in comments urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to reconsider its plans to lease areas of the outer continental shelf for new oil and gas drilling. The coalition explained that, although BOEM cut back the number of lease sales from the 47 that were planned by the Trump administration to 11, any new oil and gas leasing will get in the way of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, and thus should be avoided. The letter argued that the agency should also minimize the environmental impact of any leases and not hold more sales than necessary.