The Republican-controlled North Dakota Legislative Assembly has passed legislation giving more oil and natural gas tax revenue to the three Native American tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which accounts for about one-fifth of the state’s oil production from the Bakken Shale.
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The contentious $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline project (DAPL) withstood another legal challenge over the weekend and its supporters indicated it could be flowing its first Bakken Shale crude oil supplies before the end of the week.
An American Indian tribe in southwest Colorado is urging a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands from taking effect on Wednesday, joining four states and two industry groups in opposing the rule.
The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota are considering building a natural gas processing plant, a facility that would complement an oil refinery slated to begin construction in the spring.
Oil and natural gas producers still are poring over the 171-page draft rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities on public lands, and while proponents and opponents agree that some concessions were made by the agency in the latest rule to avoid duplication of state and tribal fracking requirements, they say BLM could have gone further.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wrote a new chapter in the energy industry’s continuing clashes with Native American tribes throughout the West on Thursday when its CEO traveled to the Arizona town of Topock on the Colorado River, which forms the border with California, to solidify an agreement and make a public apology to the Fort Mojave Tribe.
The Bush Administration on Thursday said it released $100 million in emergency contingency funds to states, Native American tribes and territories to assist low-income customers with their energy bills this winter, along with $633 million in block grant funds to states.
A group of ranchers, environmentalists and Navajo tribes is trying to restrict natural gas development in the San Juan Basin by seeking a court ruling forcing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reconsider its authorization of 9,942 new oil and gas wells in the Farmington area of northwestern New Mexico.
Natural gas producers and pipeline developers stand warned to make community relations a priority if they advance, as planned this year, a proposal to connect Arctic supplies with a project traversing the native-dominated Mackenzie Valley.