The suspension is part of a wider review of programs and policies that former President Donald Trump implemented during his administration, particularly those pertaining to energy and the environment. President Biden also rejoined the Paris climate accord and revoked approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The moratorium on new leases and permits applies to coal as well, clocking the approval of new mining plans, land sales and exchanges.
The order does not ban all activities and includes an exception for a small number of senior Interior Department officials to approve actions that otherwise would be suspended.
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