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Coalition of Large Tribes criticizes DOI regulation for fracking

A proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Indian lands is another sign of the Obama administration's failure to consult, the Coalition of Large Tribes said on Tuesday.

COLT met in North Dakota to discuss the fracking regulation, along with other issues that affect energy and economic development on reservations. They said they haven't been adequately consulted about issues that affect them.

"Lack of consultation equals lack of respect. We are sovereign nations; the actions of these federal agencies are illegal and disrespectful," Tex Hall, the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, said in a press release.

The Interior Department last week released a draft of the fracking rule. It lumps public lands and Indian lands in the same category.

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Tribal coalition says feds not consulting with tribes (The Minot Daily News 5/10)

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