FEDERAL - REGULATORY: Interior Department Federal Oil and Gas Program. On March 9, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will be conducting a “comprehensive study of whether -- and how -- the U.S. government sells drilling rights on federal land and waters, a review that could chart the future of U.S. energy development for decades to come.” The study is reportedly in response to appeals from both oil and gas industry leaders and environmentalists who have pressed the Biden administration for clarity on the leasing review. As a first step in the process, the Interior Department will hold a virtual forum on March 25 (click here for information on attending) on the future of leasing and to hear from industry representatives, environmental justice groups, and natural resource advocates. Read more.FEDERAL - JUDICIAL: Keystone XL Pipeline – Texas. On March 17, attorneys general from 21 states, led by Texas and Montana, sued the Biden administration over its cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit. The complaint argues that revoking the permit is a “regulation of interstate and international commerce” that should be left to Congress and that Biden’s unilateral move through executive order was an overreach and “arbitrary and capricious.” In Texas v. Biden (Case No. 3:21-cv-00065), the states are asking the court to rule that Biden lacked the legal authority to prohibit TC Energy from constructing and operating the Keystone XL cross-border facilities other than through the lawful exercise of statutory authority and stop the administration from taking any action to enforce, implement, or otherwise put into effect the decision revoking TC Energy’s permit to construct and operate Keystone XL cross-border facilities, among other relief sought. Unlike the current administration, President Trump “championed the pipeline, issuing a permit allowing it to cross the border during the first months of his presidency.” Read more.