Tribal Lands Exempt From DOI Oil And Gas Permitting Order

Law360 (January 26, 2021, 7:11 PM EST) -- Native American tribes are exempt from an order suspending the issuance of any new oil and gas leases, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Monday.

On Jan. 20, acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega issued an order to all department offices and bureaus barring them from, among other things, issuing any onshore or offshore fossil fuel authorization, including leases, lease amendments or extensions, and new permits to drill. The order does not affect existing operations.

But the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation spoke out against the 60-day order, noting it depends on energy development for...

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