Here’s an interesting story from Matthew Brown of the Associated Press:
BILLINGS (AP) – American Indian leaders on Thursday asked Congress to streamline the development of energy projects on tribal lands by curbing some federal oversight and providing incentives for companies to strike deals with reservations.
Reservations from Oklahoma to Montana and Alaska sit atop large amounts of oil, natural gas and coal. Others in wind-swept regions of the Northern Plains and on the West Coast have huge renewable energy potential.
But existing government rules make it easier for energy companies to pursue projects on non-tribal land, some members of Congress and tribal leaders say. As a result, tribes often miss out on the chance to develop their natural resources.
“Tribes in some of the poorest counties in America have vast renewable energy resources that can help them overcome poverty,” said Joe Garcia, Chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council of New Mexico.
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