CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Leaders of several tribal nations say a Trump administration decision to permit five oil companies drilling rights in Wyoming will destroy cultural resources, compromise air and water quality and violate existing treaty rights.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe say U.S. regulators failed to uphold federal law and fairly consult local tribes when they made their decision.
The tribe also said the environmental reviews that occurred in conjunction with the project were deficient.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued an order Dec. 23 that will allow for year-round drilling on federal leases in Converse County.
The order followed the completion of a seven-year environmental analysis.