The National Environmental Policy Act can be an obstacle when it comes to expediting energy production on Indian land, some tribal leaders told House lawmakers Wednesday.
“NEPA hinders on-reservation development and construction,” and not just with respect to energy projects, said Christine Sage, chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in southwestern Colorado. “Every time a major federal action is pending, NEPA is triggered.”
Sage was responding to a question from Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
Sage also said “inconsistent requirements” across various federal agencies make it difficult to comply with the law,...