Biden’s “They have 9,000 to drill onshore that are already approved” Drilling Permits Canard

Guest “Blank Looks Matter” by David Middleton

U.S. producers “have 9,000 permits to drill now — they can be drilling right now, yesterday last week, last year,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday. “They have 9,000 to drill onshore that are already approved. So let me be clear, let me be clear: they are not using them for production now.” The comments came a day after the American Petroleum Institute, the biggest U.S. oil lobby group, accused the administration of “misusing facts” when it comes to federal leasing data.


This is a follow up to Jen, Joe… Is it 9,000 leases or 9,000 permits that oil companies are allegedly sitting on?

As I discussed in the above-mentioned post, the “9,000 permits to drill now” are the result of operators, with large onshore Federal lease positions, stockpiling four years’ worth of drilling permits in anticipation of Brandon delivering on his promise to halt new drilling permits on Federal lands and waters.

Oil companies lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate
January 10, 2021

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years and undercut President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to curb new drilling because of climate change, according to public records and industry analysts.

An Associated Press analysis of government data shows the permit stockpiling has centered on oil-rich federal lands in New Mexico and Wyoming. It accelerated during the fall as Biden was cementing his lead over President Donald Trump and peaked in December, aided by speedier permitting approvals since Trump took office.

The goal for companies is to lock in drilling rights on oil and gas leases on vast public lands where they make royalty payments on any resources extracted. Biden wants to end new drilling on those same lands as part of his overhaul of how Americans get energy, with the goal of making the nation carbon neutral by 2050.



Making it easier to drill was a centerpiece of Trump’s effort to boost American energy production in part by enticing companies onto lands and offshore areas run by the U.S. departments of Interior and Agriculture.

Under Trump, crude production from federal and tribal lands and waters increased sharply, topping a billion barrels in 2019. That was up by almost a third from the last year of the Obama administration.



To undo the late-term awarding of so many permits, a former senior Interior Department official said the Biden administration could be forced to pay millions of dollars to companies to get them to relinquish drilling rights. Such a scenario played out in pristine areas of Montana where officials spent decades trying to buy out companies with drilling leases near Glacier National Park.


Houston-based EOG Resources amassed the most permits this year — 1,024 — including 549 since September, according to AP’s analysis.

In total, EOG has about 2,500 federal permits approved or in progress. “If he (Biden) tries to impose some regulations on how new federal permits are issued, we certainly already have an inventory, a large inventory, of existing federal permits that will sustain activity for several years,” company CEO Lloyd Helms told a November investors conference.

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy collected the second-highest number this year. As the presidential campaign wore on this summer, Devon executives assured investors that the company was amassing permits. By October, Vice President David Harris said the company had enough “federal drilling permits in hand that essentially cover all of our desired activity over the next presidential term.”



Let’s go to the data

The data for the following graphs were drawn from two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) websites:

Many variations of this Disraeli-ism have recently popped in the media.

For Immediate Release, January 21, 2022

New Data: Biden’s First Year Drilling Permitting Stomps Trump’s By 34%

Thousands of Permits OK’d Despite President’s Authority to End Drilling by 2035

WASHINGTON— New federal data shows the Biden administration approved 3,557 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first year, far outpacing the Trump administration’s first-year total of 2,658.

Nearly 2,000 of the drilling permits were approved on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico office, followed by 843 in Wyoming, 285 in Montana and North Dakota, and 191 in Utah. In California, the Biden administration approved 187 permits — more than twice the 71 drilling permits Trump approved in that state in his first year.

“Biden’s runaway drilling approvals are a spectacular failure of climate leadership,” said Taylor McKinnon at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Avoiding catastrophic climate change requires ending new fossil fuel extraction, but Biden is racing in the opposite direction.”


Center for Biological Diversity

Firstly, the president has no authority to end drilling by 2035 or any other date… Not unless congress changes the laws governing drilling on Federal lands and waters.

Secondly, while the central claim is effectively a lie, Politifact rated Brandon’s 9,000 permits canard as mostly true. How can a lie be mostly true? It’s a Disraeli-ism.

Jen “Circle-back” Psaki: “Well, there are 9,000 approved oil leases that the oil companies are not tapping into currently.”

To explain the lies, I am going to start with leases, which are often conflated with permits. In order to obtain a drilling permit, you have to have a lease. In order to have a lease, the Federal government has to follow the law and hold lease sales and honor those leases.

The US government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Brandon’s first year of lease and permit data would be fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021). One third of FY2021 occurred before Brandon took office. The BLM is the agency charged with managing onshore Federal oil & gas leasing and permitting.

Note that there have been no onshore Federal lease sales held since Brandon took office on January 20, 2021. Many, if not most, of the Alaska leases were rescinded by Brandon shortly after he took office.

Barrasso: BLM Ignores Deadline, Refuses to Hold Onshore Oil & Gas Lease Sales

February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), blasted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for ignoring the deadline to announce onshore oil and gas lease sales for the first quarter of this year.

“The Biden administration continues to defy the courts and the law,” said Barrasso. “The BLM has blown past a critical deadline required to hold the first federal onshore oil and gas lease sale this year. As a result, Wyoming and other Western states will now miss oil and gas lease sales for the fifth quarter in a row. Even in the face of a global energy crisis, historic inflation, and skyrocketing gasoline prices, the Biden administration continues to crush U.S. energy production.” 

Background Information:

BLM is required by the Mineral Leasing Act to hold onshore oil and gas lease sales on a quarterly basis. This statute also requires BLM to publish a public notice of sale at least 45 days before the sale is held. This week, BLM missed the deadline to publish a notice of sale in time to hold a lease sale in the first quarter of this year.

Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Without new lease sales, the blue curve will soon start dropping like a rock, taking the orange curve with it.

Left Axis = Number of Active and Producing Leases. Right Axis = Producing % of Active Leases

In FY2021 66% of all active onshore Federal leases were producing oil and/or gas, the highest percentage since at least 2001.

The number of new leases awarded in 2021, plummeted to the lowest level since at least 2016.

Left Axis = Number of Lease Tracts Awarded. Right Axis = Total Acreage Awarded.

In 2021, only 248,132 acres were awarded, an 89% decline from 2019’s 2,245,906 acres.

Brandon: “They have 9,000 to drill onshore that are already approved. So let me be clear, let me be clear: they are not using them for production now.”

C’mon man! Before you started bloviating about halting all new permits to drill, well spuds pretty well tracked APD’s.

Once the industry realized that you weren’t going to halt permitting on existing leases, the flood of APD submissions subsided.

The stockpile of APD’s Approved and Available to Drill (AAPD) has steadily been declining as the inventory has been drilled up and/or excess permits have expired. However, the number of pending APD’s has been steadily climbing.

Left Axis = APD’s Approved and Available to Drill. Right Axis = Pending APD’s.

Oddly enough, it appears that the BLM only started to track AAPD’s in July 2021.

Our government has a funny way with words. When we submit exploration & development plans and APD’s to BLM or BOEM/BSEE, they don’t officially receive them until they decide they have received them. The law requires them to approve permits in a timely manner. But the clock doesn’t start until they officially receive the applications. While the number of approved, but undrilled APD’s is declining, the number of submitted, but not received (pending) APD’s is skyrocketing. From Day-One the Doddering Imbecile in Chief has done everything in his power and beyond to undermine the US oil and gas industry.

As Ron White said…

But we can vote stupid out of office…

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Rud Istvan
March 16, 2022 2:24 pm

Unfortunately, not only can you not fix stupid (Joe was), you also cannot fix dementia (Joe is). Stolen elections have grave consequences.

Boulder Skeptic
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 16, 2022 9:59 pm

It’s not stupidity and it’s not the dementia. It’s all going according to plan. This is a conscious path we’re on. And, a large number of RINOs are in on it. If only we could see all their bank accounts and track their money. Just shortly after the next election is stolen, we’ll be completely burnt toast. Until the other side stops saying, “I can’t believe how stupid this administration is”, wakes up and realizes that this is a plan, nothing will change. No amount of ridicule will cause them to tell the truth. Not telling the truth is just to keep the maximum number of sheeple asleep so the rest can easily be handled by the militarized police force and DOJ. Sounds conspiratorial, doesn’t it. Doubt me at your own peril. Vote like your livelihood/future depends on it (because it does) and convince everyone around you to do the same so that hopefully we can overcome all the election shenanigans.

Reply to  Boulder Skeptic
March 19, 2022 9:15 am

I found this impressive website rejecting (supporting???) conservative politicians:

Anyway .gop is a thing. LOL

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 16, 2022 11:40 pm

Zhou Bi-Den never was the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the fact that he is utterly untrustworthy and a shameless pathological liar makes him unfit for any honest work. Now that dementia is well advanced one has to question the sanity of anyone who would appoint him to any public office. He’s a dangerous liability.

paul courtney
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 17, 2022 7:39 am

Mr. Istvan: Good to see an analyst of your ability refer to the ’20 election as stolen. The Federalist seems to be the only reporters trying to work the story (they have reports on PA and WI that show how it was done). I felt that, after the summer of ’20, Trump’s margin would be larger than the dems could cover with “mail-in” ballots, but COVID was very good for Brandon. Wonder how they will approach ’24, they may need a well-timed surge in a new variant.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  paul courtney
March 17, 2022 7:48 am

There are four different ways to infer the election was stolen in at least six states. Plus on a state by state basis it is provable in detail in Wisconsin (indefinitely confined [no ID] 80k in 2018 jumped to 250k in 2020), Georgia (videos of illegal ballot harvesting plus Fulton county ‘pipe break incident and Ruby Freeman), Pennsylvania (1.8 mio mail in ballots requested by law, 2.5 million received and counted), Michigan (Antrim county plus Detroit ballot drops). I am not sure about Arizona, as True the Vote isn’t finished canvassing.

Reply to  paul courtney
March 17, 2022 10:18 am

In 2016, they had a lot of the fake votes, as well. But they really had no idea how big Trump’s margin would be. They thought they did.

The parties do polling, and look at election turn-out for elections leading up to a big election. They can pretty much model what the turn-out will be.

So, they can factor in how many fake votes to add to squeek out a win. Winning by 10% in a presidential election would be too obvious.

And, they just need to focus on swing states. And, 1 or 2 swing counties in a swing state.

In 2016, a very different slice of the electorate went to the polls. So, the Dem prediction models were wrong. I am a long time decades democrat, and have been disenchanted with the in place Dem party since 2000. Before that, I had many years as a volunteer in local grass roots Dem political campaigning.

Across time, many have figured out each party just cares about a party. From blogs and discussion boards, I knew very well as soon as Trump announced that he would get the (R) nomination, and he would win the election, just as long as he played things well enough.

(D) has a lot of history of controlling outsiders such as Howard Dean. The history of (D) going back and forth on superdelegates is a manifestation of this tenuous challenge – big tent grass roots or insiders.

(R) had their system in place. Many believe (R) had a master plan to have !Jeb! be the nominee. Basically to be the last man standing, as the 17 candidates split their mutual groups of voters who would go for this type or that type of candidate. Then Trump rolled into town. It was far too late to construct the rules to arrive at the Chosen Insider.

Trump was so unanticipatedly popular that (R) loved the fundraising, but also gave him next to NO typical support. None.

Unencumbered by the Party insiders, he spoke his mind, and did things his way.

Anyone in state level politics knows that compromise and collaboration with the Party is almost a absolute requirement. If you go rogue, no “vote for this ticket” support, etc.

You can only go rogue if you have incredible appeal, or you persist year after year and build up a base. Or, you have a niche, such as being a minority. (D) has to acquiesce to union views, and to Black community, etc.

In 2020, (D) was better at cheating – but it had to be way different and more elaborate. Any decent auditor team could point out to the many irregularities in these elections. If it were my little store in the big retail chain I worked for, the auditors would have me out of that store in a moment.

Many of us have been under the eyes of auditors. we can see that the various jurisdictions are obfuscating and avoiding proper audit.

Now that the cheating has occurred, and has survived the many challenges, (D) doesn’t really have to worry so much this next time around.

And, a new layer of protection has been developed. Normally, we have free speech and such. But now, a new set of rules: if you are promoting “insurrection,” a different set of rules applies!

Tom Halla
March 16, 2022 2:28 pm

I am not sure Biden or Psaki even know what their policy is. As they have made promises to the Green Blob on Net Zero, the question becomes who they were lying to.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 16, 2022 4:19 pm

They are lying to everybody, even themselves. Only a total political blowout will rectify their lies.

dementia joe
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 16, 2022 5:13 pm


Reply to  dementia joe
March 16, 2022 11:04 pm

The plan is to make stupid lies and when called on these, to call people racists, conspirationnal and enemies of the state to destroy them!
So, essentially what Putin has been accused of doing (rightly so).

March 16, 2022 2:28 pm

“ How can a lie be mostly true? It’s a Disraeli-ism.”

It’s doublethink in the same way that a riot with burning buildings is largely peaceful

The media eagerly peddles the narrative

“ The BBC’s fake news about fracking”

Reply to  fretslider
March 16, 2022 10:57 pm

Interestingly, I was listening to Radio 4 the other day when during a discussion on fracking, the BBC allowed without challenge a Professor of Propanga to get away with saying shale gas was ok but fracked gas was dangerous for the climate

Fracking idiot

jeffery p
March 16, 2022 2:32 pm

Who here has bought gas from a pump with an “I did that” sticker featuring Brandon pointing to the price?

Reply to  jeffery p
March 16, 2022 3:39 pm

I bought some of those stickers for a few bucks on Amazon. I stick them on the pump when I buy gas. It’s not graffiti it’s protected political speech.

Reply to  tommyboy
March 16, 2022 10:29 pm

There is still a big difference between public and private property.

Reply to  AndyHce
March 16, 2022 10:59 pm

There is still a big difference between public and private property.

Try telling that to the idiots who glue themselves to runways

Reply to  Redge
March 17, 2022 12:11 pm

Most runways are public property. Some are private. I think the response should be the same either way. You are free to glue yourself the the runway. The pilot is free to use the runway, but may not go out of his way to hit or avoid any one glued to the runway. Any damage to planes, passengers, baggage or cargo are charged to the responsible (eg idiot glued to runway) party.

Reply to  John_C
March 17, 2022 12:43 pm

That may be true in some countries but here in the UK, afaik, the vast majority of airports are owned by private companies

Reply to  jeffery p
March 16, 2022 4:36 pm

We need a Boris one.

Reply to  jeffery p
March 17, 2022 1:09 pm

I have a picture of one I saw at a local gas station.

Devils Tower
March 16, 2022 2:34 pm

The news of the day, looks like Russia shutting down and pulling gas from Europe.

Anybody that has any sense of history in Ukrane, knows there are no good guys in this story.

As for the US and aid to Ukrane, they(DC) just want a guaranteed percentage of kickbacks and bribes for themselves as the world economy is destroyed.

Flash Chemtrail
Reply to  Devils Tower
March 16, 2022 3:35 pm

Eukrane, The

Reply to  Flash Chemtrail
March 16, 2022 4:30 pm


Don Perry
Reply to  Flash Chemtrail
March 16, 2022 6:37 pm

Ukraine is the country, the Ukraine was the way it was referenced when it was considered a region as part of the Soviet Union. To Ukrainians, calling it “the Ukraine” is grating and insulting, as if it still part of the Soviet Union or belongs to Russia. If you think it belongs to Russia, call it the Ukraine; if you think it an independent country, call it Ukraine.

Reply to  Don Perry
March 16, 2022 8:04 pm

Let Russia keep it from NATO. If people believe Ukraine is worth dying over then I dare you to go into African countries, China and North Korea. The US and the west has spent blood and treasure in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it?

I am not sure how you fight dictators but weaken yourself is not the answer.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Don Perry
March 16, 2022 8:05 pm


Whatever the history is, what Putin is doing is unconscionable

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Flash Chemtrail
March 17, 2022 12:09 am
David Elstrom
March 16, 2022 2:35 pm

The only certainty about Prez Dimwit, his puppeteers, and his atrocious Party is that they will lie at every opportunity; including lying when it’s unnecessary (just to keep in practice).

Reply to  David Elstrom
March 16, 2022 4:05 pm

It caught on very quickly here in Australia as well. The bald faced lying by state government premiers is flat out unbelievable.

Reply to  David Elstrom
March 17, 2022 6:52 am

The old saying is always true. “How can you tell is a politician is lying? Answer – If their lips are moving”.

March 16, 2022 2:49 pm

David, Biden’s mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of [add an appropriate noun or nouns here].

And have fun!!!!


PS: My apologies to Hedley Lamarr.

Reply to  David Middleton
March 16, 2022 3:42 pm

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
March 16, 2022 4:24 pm

The politicians are continuously about the campfire. Truth is in the satire.

Matt Kiro
March 16, 2022 2:51 pm

If the federal government isnt going to follow the law and even court orders, then the states should take back their land. The US gov’t should never had had control of so much land in the first place.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Matt Kiro
March 16, 2022 4:26 pm

They blackmailed the Western states when the states applied for Statehood, circumventing the Constitution.

Fred Middleton
Reply to  Dave Fair
March 17, 2022 2:48 pm

Gross circumventing. 1896 Taking lands of California that were timbered, and “offered” to the State, called “California” Forest. Later to become Mendocino National Forest. Federal without legal means took some other entity’s Lands. This effort just did not start on January 1st, but a longer term foolery. One fool – McKinley.

March 16, 2022 3:51 pm

Very good.

March 16, 2022 4:15 pm

It was Otto Von Bismark who said:

“Stupidity is a gift from God.
But it should not be abused.”

March 16, 2022 4:27 pm

It’s obvious to everyone, even the Liberals/Progressives, that Biden instantly attacked the fossil fuel industry the moment he took office. No one believes his “it’s the oil companies fault” narrative.

dementia joe
Reply to  markl
March 16, 2022 5:16 pm

YOU ARE WRONG! There are some liberals out there that ARE SO STUPID that they will believe every lie the traitor biden tells them.

Reply to  dementia joe
March 16, 2022 8:06 pm

That includes word salad Bob.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  dementia joe
March 16, 2022 8:08 pm

Yes, many believe it

Now where is
Big oil boob

March 16, 2022 4:36 pm

It’s a real pity that journalist / author Christopher Hitchens is dead.

There’s now just so much fodder for a new edition of his book about the Clintons –
“No One Left To Lie To”

Gunga Din
March 16, 2022 4:50 pm

A question:
How many leases that Brandon has newly approved (not old ones) are actually in promising areas?
(I could ask the same about permits to actually drill.)

Reply to  Gunga Din
March 17, 2022 9:27 am

Amazing how few people here on WUWT don’t understand the distinction.

Gunga Din
Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 2:35 pm

So … it sounds like Brandon’s maladministration is blaming Putin for energy prices (etc.) while taking credit for everything Trump did at the same time that they are trying to undo everything Trump did?

dementia joe
March 16, 2022 5:10 pm

ONCE AGAIN the stupid traitor joe biden, MR “THE BUCK STOPS HERE” does not take responsibility for the nasty mess he created.

Gunga Din
Reply to  dementia joe
March 17, 2022 4:26 pm

I doubt he understands what that idiom means.
He probably thinks it means “10% of bucks stop with ‘The Big Guy'”

dementia joe
March 16, 2022 5:17 pm


Clyde Spencer
March 16, 2022 5:46 pm

I feel badly for the real Brandon. He is being associated with a dufus through no fault of his own. How about coming up with a new moniker for Biden, like FJB. Be creative, but don’t punish someone who doesn’t deserve it.

paul courtney
Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 7:59 am

Mr. M.: All the Brandons who work for CBS Sports (the originator of LGB, as I recall) have been instructed NOT to know that!

paul courtney
Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 8:01 am

PS: Mr. M, is your alimony all paid? ‘Cause bigoilbrandon has not posted recently.

March 16, 2022 9:04 pm

Einstein stated that he believed only two things were infinite- space and human stupidity. And he said he wasn’t completely sure about the first one. Biden and his cohorts are clear evidence of the second one.

March 16, 2022 9:24 pm

Can you explain where the extra leases come from?

Are these new parcels of land the government is allowing exploration, or expired leases being renegotiated?
Thanks in advance

Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 5:09 am

Extra or new whatever.
I understand the concept of drilling permits, but not extra or new leases.
Where does the land keep coming from?
Surely resources companies have an ideal where the oil/gas is and isn’t.
Are past and present governments drip feeding the leases?
Genuinely curious.

Michael S. Kelly
March 16, 2022 10:29 pm

The law requires them to approve permits in a timely manner. But the clock doesn’t start until they officially receive the applications.”

I had direct experience with this, working in the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST). AST was required by law to issue a launch or reentry license no more than 180 days from receipt of the application. But the application had to be “sufficiently complete,” a term whose definition eluded even the people within AST. Moreover, during the license evaluation period, AST could decide that insufficient information had been submitted, and could “toll” the license – meaning stopping the 180 day clock until the applicant submitted sufficient information.

The people there had no ill intent, and were in fact highly motivated to get things done. But a bureaucracy thwarts its own best people most of all.

Tim in VA
Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 2:41 pm

I’m a retired BLM employee whose final post was in NM. The clock doesn’t start until the APD is “administratively complete” (meaning all of the required information to process the APD is included…which isn’t as easy as one might expect) which will account for some of the timing discrepancies discuss here.

March 16, 2022 10:59 pm

“Firstly, the president has no authority to end drilling by 2035 or any other date… ”

They WISH he had the authority!!!

They would LOVE to make him the Tzar of the US.

Reply to  niceguy
March 17, 2022 12:17 am

Unfortunately, bureaucrats are running the show.
The president may not have the authority but, the swamp critters can slow walk or push through agendas at the behest of whoever is pulling their strings.

Rhoda R.
Reply to  Brad-DXT
March 17, 2022 2:20 am

Not only that, but the dems are now threatening to declare a “Climate Emergency” and God alone knows what hideous actions they are going to pull under that ‘authority’. Damn shame that a protodictator can override a democracy just by declaring an emergency.

March 17, 2022 3:33 am

Dave, I really appreciate these articles, but I did not find them easy to understand. I think they need a glossary, and perhaps a flowchart showing the leasing, permitting, drilling, etc. steps.

First of all, I wondered what “APD” means. A web search found a definition:

APD = Application for Permit to Drill

Then I wondered what “Disraeli-ism” means.

I found no answer to that question.

You wrote, “In order to obtain a drilling permit, you have to have a lease. In order to have a lease, the Federal government has to follow the law and hold lease sales and honor those leases.”

You also wrote, “‘Oil leases’ are the mineral rights to geographical tracts of land/seafloor. They don’t have oil because the government designates them as “oil leases.” In the Central GOM, on the shelf, a standard “oil lease” is a 3 mile by 3 mile square tract, covering 5,000 acres. Standard deepwater leases are a bit larger, covering 5,760 acres…”

Okay, that helps. So, an “oil lease” (or oil & gas lease? same thing?) is basically temporary mineral rights to a tract of land or ocean floor, which is usually about 9 square miles in size. First a company “buys” a lease (shouldn’t that be “rents?”), and only after obtaining the lease can the company obtain a drilling permit. An “APD” is an application (to who?) for that drilling permit.

(One nit: 9 square miles is exactly 5,760 acres, not 5,000 acres.)

But what does it mean to “honor” (or not honor) a lease?

A few of the acronyms you used are common knowledge (like BLM), or easy to find, like BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement), and BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management). But many of the terms you use are mysterious to me. I wondered what the definitions & differences are between drilling permits, other required permits, tracts open for leasing, open leases, active leases, pending (submitted but not received) APDs (is that basically the mail they haven’t yet opened? How long can that go on??), received APDs, exploration & development plans (as distinct from APDs), APDs Approved and Available to Drill (AAPD), primary (and secondary, tertiary, etc.?) term leases, pre-approved leases, awarded leases, hot plays and trends, protraction areas.

(Note: the links above are mostly “text fragment links” which should work in Chrome, Opera or Edge, but not in Firefox.)

March 17, 2022 4:23 am

Is there a Cole’s Notes version of this article? I read it once and only understood snippets of the details. I got about half way through the second reading and realized I wasn’t making any progress and gave up.

March 17, 2022 5:41 am

APD’s sound really important but I have no idea what they are. Is there a reason the author didn’t explain this acronym? We are not oil and gas industry insiders.

Ah! I looked it up.

APD = Application for Permit to Drill

It’s amazing how much clearer this article becomes when arcane terminology is understood.

Reply to  David Middleton
March 17, 2022 5:55 pm

Yes, but not clear at all. Normally when an acronym is used it is associated with the words it replaces in its first instance. So for the benefit of the lay reader, the above would read:

Thereafter the acronym can be used by itself and the reader will know what it means.

March 17, 2022 5:53 am

Guys, guys, guys!!!!! Take a chill pill, OK????

You’re forgetting a few things.

A – This mess isn’t about drilling permits. Obviously, the drilling/petrol companies were smart enough to hoard their permits against the possibility that things might get sticky, which is exactly what’s going on now.
B – It’s the commodities market traders that are driving up the price of oil.and gas, more than anything else. If you run into a commodities trader who trades in the oil & gas markets, ask him if he likes being a jerk, and has he ever had to go without heat and cooked food (gas stoves) .
C – The Keystone Pipeline was not finished, and likely won’t be during this admin’s existence, which DOES influence the price of petroleum, and it all rolls downhill from there to where you pump gas into your car. So rail transport of petroleum is how it is now.
D – This is part of a cycle, right about in the middle of it. That cycle includes Putin’s obnoxious and lethal attack on Ukraine, which is about nothing other than feeding his ridiculous ego. It isn’t even worth the effort it takes to boycott someone like him, because he does not give a flying frack in space about anything except what he wants. So the disruption in Ukraine, which is impacting grain planting, a major commodity for Ukraine, will have an impact down the road. How does petroleum tie into that? What do you think farms the fields to plant and harvest grain, and then transports grain to markets?????
E – And this does matter: annoy enough people and you will lose your job soon enough. Expect more of this utterly idiotic nonsense over the next 18 months. It will leave marks that can’t be erased.

March 17, 2022 9:45 am

Yes, 9,000 excuses from the podium and no pipes to serve them–ever.

John Garrett
March 17, 2022 2:14 pm

(NPR) Conservatives call to revive Keystone XL, but the pipeline company has moved on

March 17, 2022
4:23 PM ET
All Things Considered
Arielle Zionts

“(NPR) A popular conservative response to calls to boycott Russian oil is to restart the Keystone XL pipeline. But the pipeline company has already moved on and is selling land and other assets…”

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