Feds, Oil Co. Seek Win In Tribe's Suit Over Well Permit

Law360 (April 14, 2020, 10:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, joined by oil company Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., urged a North Dakota federal court to grant it a victory in a suit claiming it wrongly opened the door to drilling on tribal land in the face of objections from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

The DOI argued in filings on Monday that it had properly approved several applications for permits to drill submitted by Slawson, which put forth plans for a well pad set back 600 feet from Lake Sakakawea.

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, which is also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, insists oil and gas wells maintain a...

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