The move shows the president is trying to bring down prices, but he also appears to be going back on his word to curb oil and gas production.
High prices are driving even more drilling in areas where fracking took off in the 2000s.
A court ordered the administration to resume the auctions it had suspended.
Oil giants are expected to sit out the bidding, which would mean low lease prices and measly royalties for the government.
Little about the 1998 blockbuster is true to life, but mining asteroids and comets is "humanity’s future, I’m pretty convinced of that," one expert says.
Drilling oil wells today still involves dirt and sweat, installing rigs in muddy fields. But there are also more jobs at desks, checking systems remotely by computer.
With the Trump administration poised to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, oil and gas companies are eyeing the fringes.
Cause and effect can be difficult to prove, but here are a series of studies showing the potential connection between fracking and health risks.
Is it even achievable?
The study concluded hydraulic fracturing isn't a danger to drinking water. Scientists say that's unproven.