Plain Talk: Oil and Gas Moratorium Would Set ND Tribe Back “30 Years” Commissioner Says


President Joe Biden’s brand new administration has already taken swift action, by way of executive orders, on all manner of policy fronts.

One notable area is energy, where Biden has already withdrawn an already-issued permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Now he’s expected to sign a new order halting new oil and gas development on federal lands.

What could this mean for tribal lands? “It’s not good,” North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis said on this episode of Plain Talk.

Davis, a member of Gov. Doug Burgum’s administration with roots in both the Standing Rock Sioux and Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribes, expressed no small amount of “frustration” with the Biden administration for taking this step.

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