BATON ROUGE, La (KLFY) — A federal judge has blocked the Biden Administration’s ban on oil lease sales on public lands days after Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office made arguments in U.S. District Court against Biden’s executive order.

AG Landry made the following statement:

“This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans. We appreciate that federal courts have recognized President Biden is completely outside his authority in his attempt to shut down oil and gas leases on federal lands.”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. also released the following statement in response to a ruling from Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe which suspended the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leasing.

“This is fantastic news for workers in Louisiana whose livelihoods are being threatened by the administration’s thoughtless energy policy,” said Dr. Cassidy.

“The president should not be able to take away tens of thousands of jobs to fulfill a campaign promise. We need a long-term, all-of-the-above strategy that does not pick winners and losers. The Department of the Interior should immediately begin moving forward with another offshore lease sale.” 

Louisiana led 13 states in suing to overturn the Biden administration’s moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands.