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North Dakota tribe asks Congress to block fracking proposal
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
is asking Congress to prevent the Obama administration from issuing new rules that affect
, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking.
Bureau of Land Management
is considering rules that would regulate fracking by oil and gas companies. The tribe says the proposal will hinder energy development on reservations.
"Indian energy development would be hit particularly hard," Chairman Tex Hall said in
this week to the
House Appropriations Committee
. "It already takes 5 to 20 times longer to get an oil and gas permit on Indian lands."
Hall said Congress should bar BLM from using federal funds to move forward with the rules until tribes are consulted and until a separate federal study on fracking is completed.
Get the Story:
Tex Hall: Proposed fracking regs will hurt energy development on reservations
(The Minot Daily News 3/30)
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