Gov. Cox Responds To Biden’s Executive Order Suspending New Oil And Gas Leases

Jan 27, 2021

Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement on Wednesday in response to President Biden’s executive order placing an indefinite pause on new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands.

Cox stated that he is “disappointed in President Biden's decision” and that the president’s “action was taken without coordination with the state to determine how his decision would impact rural Utah and those that live there.”


Cox also said that  Biden’s order cuts down on future investment in Utah, weakens rural Utah’s economy and “keeps many Utahns from being able to provide for their families.”