Fossil fuel industry keeps producing energy ‘despite the administration’s inaccurate and misleading numbers,’ American Petroleum Institute official tells Fox News Digital

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The Biden administration quietly updated a federal database showing how many unused oil and gas drilling permits it has approved, reducing the number by more than 2,000.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) revised the current number of approved applications for permits to drill (APD) — which oil and gas companies are required to file once they identify a deposit on a lease that can be tapped — down from an estimated 9,000 to less than 6,700. The BLM, a subagency of the Department of the Interior (DOI), blamed the revision on a Trump-era technical change that it hadn’t properly accounted for.

“As of February 2023, companies have over 6,600 approved and unused drilling permits available on federal lands,” the BLM said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “This number has been updated to account for a reporting discrepancy resulting from a transition to a new database in mid-2020.”

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The change suggests that President Biden and administration officials had overstated the extent to which oil and gas companies have neglected producing on approved permits amid the global energy crisis last year. 

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