Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2014 (S. 2132). The bill will give Indian tribes more tools to develop their energy resources and to remove unnecessary barriers to economic development.
"Energy development on tribal lands is critical for economic growth and job creation in Indian Country," said Barrasso. "For far too long, Indian tribes have expressed concerns about the job-crushing regulations coming out of Washington that prevent them from pursuing economic development opportunities--especially energy development. My bill will reverse this trend by streamlining the approval process and giving tribes greater control over the management and development of their energy resources. This will give folks in Indian Country the tools they need to spur economic growth and create good paying jobs in their communities."
In addition to Barrasso, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2014 is co-sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), John McCain (R-AZ) and John Thune (R-SD).