BIA, Energy Co. Beat Suit Over Oil Lease On Tribal Land
Law360, New York (February 10, 2017, 4:24 PM EST) -- An Oklahoma federal judge nixed a landowner’s lawsuit Thursday claiming the Bureau of Indian Affairs flouted environmental law when it approved some of Ceja Corp.’s oil and gas leases and permits on the Osage Nation’s reservation and that those approvals should therefore be struck down.
Lyman Gilbert Lenker, the trustee for the Virginia Lenker Irrevocable Trust, sued the BIA, its director and Ceja in August, alleging among other things that the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving an oil and gas lease between Ceja and the tribe in 1978 and years later greenlighting requests by Ceja for permits...
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