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Attorney General Jeff Landry, center, answers a question during Landry's news conference at the Livingston Building to discuss details on his lawsuit, Landry v. Gallo, and "discussion of human resource issues." Tuesday April 20, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Sandra Schober, H.R. Director, left, and Civil Division Director, Alicia Wheeler, right, watch.

A hearing was held Thursday morning in Lafayette on a lawsuit against the Biden administration.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office and 12 other states have sued the president and multiple federal government officials over the halting of all lease sales on public land.

At 9 a.m., oral arguments on the motion for a preliminary injunction were heard by Judge Terry Doughty at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, according to KATC.

The AG's Office is focusing on the state's entitlement to preserve regular offshore lease sales and quarterly onshore lease sales that occurred before Biden took office, according to a statement on the AG website.

Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has taken a number of legal actions against the Biden administration, cites the Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act as prohibiting the ban.

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Landry says that Biden and other officials cannot legally halt all lease sales because, according to Congress, they must happen on a regular basis.

He also claimed the ban is having a devastating effect on Americans.

“Joe Biden is harming tens of thousands of American jobs using legal strategies that he knows will fail, all in an attempt to satisfy his political base," Landry said in a prepred statement. "Furthermore, he is doing nothing to lower energy prices or relieve the pain at the pump which are hurting the poor and the middle class.”

Landry announced the lawsuit in March. The following states joined Louisiana: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.


Email Kristin Askelson at kaskelson@theadvocate.com.