Department of Interior Cancels Oil Leases On Sacred Tribal Lands In Montana
The end of the Reagan era deals is a victory for the Blackfeet Nation.
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okay so here’s the skinny far as I could tell from the article:
- Back in the 80s, under Reagan, a bunch of land in Montana was leased to major oil companies in case they wanted to develop there. This was done without consulting the local Blackfeet, who would not have okayed it because this land is sacred to them.
- The land didn’t get developed, and the Department of the Interior has been slowly canceling the 47 leases. They whittled it down to 17, and 15 of those were held by one company, Devon Energy Corp.
- So on Nov 16 the CEO of Devon Energy Corp sat down with Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior, and with several leaders of the Blackfeet tribe, and signed away the leases. These 15 have now also been cancelled.
- Said CEO says he did this because it was “simply the right thing to do.”
- Devon Energy Corp: Not That Bad™
- Trump and/or his shadow government hasn’t nominated a new Secretary of the Interior yet but the options include an oil executive and Sarah Palin. It’s not like they’re going to prioritize this.
- So Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, is pushing this to happen as fast as possible so the leases can be canceled before the year is up.
- (she did not say this explicitly I’m reading between the lines here)
- There are still two leases in place; the Dep. of the Interior says it has to track down the leaseholders before it can cancel those too.
- Sally Jewell says she and her team have demonstrated “the right path forward” for whoever ends up as the next Secretary of the Interior.
- She also said what’s happening in North Dakota is proof you’ve got to do these things right from the beginning, aka actually talk to the native tribes who live near your giant oil projects.
- Sally Jewell: Knows What’s Up™
- The chairman of the Blackfeet Nation called this “a victory for the people of Montana, it’s a victory for the people of the United States and the world.”