Oil and Water in the Indian Country

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Judith Royster

University of Tulsa College of Law

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.

Suggested Citation

Royster, Judith, Oil and Water in the Indian Country (1997). Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 37, No. 457, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1174623

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