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Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee hearing

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow on an issue that affects tribal energy development.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking. The hearing will examine the potential impact on tribes, some of whom have already encountered the practice on their reservations.

The hearing takes place at 11am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:
Panel I
Tim Spisak
Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management

Panel II
The Honorable Irene Cuch
Chairwoman, Ute Indian Tribe Business Council

The Honorable TJ Show
Chairman, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council

The Honorable Mike Olguin
Vice Chair, Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council

The Honorable Tex “Red Tipped Arrow” Hall
Chairman, MHA Nation – Three Affiliated Tribes

Panel III
The Honorable Scott Russell
Vice President, National Congress of American Indians

Wilson Groen
President and CEO, Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company Exploration and Production

The Honorable Wesley Martel
Council Vice Chairman, Shoshone Business Council

Larry Decoteau
Tribal Council Representative, District 4, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

Committee Notice:
Pversight Hearing on "Bureau of Land Management’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule’s Impacts on Indian Tribal Energy Development" (April 19, 2012)

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