Daines Statement on Announcement of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today in response to the Biden administration’s announcement that a 30-day public comment period has begun to gather input on 26 oil and gas parcels that may be included in a July 2024 lease sale in Montana and North Dakota.

It’s about time. With only one lease sale in Montana since Biden took office, this administration has been skirting the law to the detriment of Montana communities in order to further their anti-American energy agenda. I’m glad to see the Biden administration finally heed my calls to prioritize domestic energy production, strengthen our national security and reduce costs by holding competitive oil and gas lease sales in Montana.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had not offered any parcels of land in Montana for lease sales since June 2022 despite the congressionally mandated quarterly requirement.

Daines is the leading voice in the Senate to pressure the Biden administration to stop ignoring the law and hold oil and gas lease sales in Montana.