Oil and Water in the Indian Country
34 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2008
Date Written: 1997
Congress first authorized general oil and gas leasing in Indian country in the 1920s. In the intervening decades, non-Indian oil and gas companies have conducted exploration, development, and production activities on Indian lands, with all the attendant environmental effects. In particular, water pollution - from oil spills, use of injection wells, and other activities - has been a serious and often devastating problem on Indian lands. This article explores environmental regulation of oil and gas development in Indian country, concentrating on the protection and regulation of water resources.
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