A proposal for new offshore oil and gas lease sales in the US is under fire from both the industry, which has accused President Joe Biden of stymieing domestic production, and environmentalists who regard new licensing rounds a betrayal of Biden’s clean energy campaign promises.

The US Department of the Interior on 1 July opened a public comment period on the plan, which sets out lease sale options on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that range from no new sales up to 11 possible auctions over five years from 2023 to 2028.