EPA Shifts Power To Tribes For First Time

Law360 (October 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a first for tribal governments, U.S. regulators have granted the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana authority to administer and enforce injection well programs for oil and gas operations on reservation land.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authorized the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes to operate their own Underground Injection Control programs, which ensure groundwater protections that are consistent with federal standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

As of Nov. 26, 2008, the tribal governments will be responsible for overseeing approximately 24 existing injection wells, and...
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