Feds' Tribal Talks May Yield Clarity For Wary Energy Cos.

Law360, New York (October 18, 2016, 3:55 PM EDT) -- Energy companies are worried that meetings between tribal leaders and the U.S. government stemming from the ongoing Dakota Access pipeline controversy will give tribes more power over infrastructure project approvals, but attorneys say those talks could actually help developers avoid acrimony and last-minute litigation if they lead to clearer standards.

The U.S. departments of Justice, the Interior and the Army are holding a series of meetings over the next several weeks with tribal leaders about improving tribal input on pipelines and other infrastructure projects, prompted by concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others in their high-profile opposition to...

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