Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said the executive order that pauses new federal leases on oil and gas drilling is a “direct attack” on his state.
“Losing that revenue is devastating to our schools, devastating to our communities, devastating to those small businesses that really depend on the energy sector,” the Republican governor told Fox News on Monday.
“This Biden ban really has a devastating effect, not just for Wyoming,” Gordon told Fox News on Monday. “It’s bipartisan in its devastation.”
The order instructs Wyoming state agencies to examine the impacts of the ban, while also asking them to look into the impact that the order has on oil and gas employment in the state, according to the news release.
Gordon said his office, if need be, will file a lawsuit against the executive order.
Gordon, meanwhile, said the suit could lead to a “protracted legal fight” with the administration.
Petroleum Association of Wyoming President Pete Obermueller told a state legislative committee that the pause on new leasing on federal property is “not necessarily an immediate crisis.”
“About 80 percent of the operators in Wyoming are small and mid-size, (and) they just don’t have the capacity to have a multi-year process gathering leases and building core areas like some of our larger producers,” Obermueller said. “If (the ban) is indefinite and there’s not movement on that, you will see that the smaller and mid-size operators have a much more difficult challenge. Larger ones might be able to last for a little bit longer than that.”
The Epoch Times reached out to the White House for comment.