CASPER — The Biden administration legally postponed the oil and gas lease sales scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, a federal judge ruled Friday in a blow to Wyoming and oil and gas industry groups.

U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of Wyoming determined that the first-quarter delays “were not arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion,” rejecting arguments from the state, the Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming that they were.

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