WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully passed H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act, with Congressman Gosar acting as the sole co-sponsor of the legislation:
Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully passed H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act, with Congressman Gosar acting as the sole co-sponsor of the legislation:
“Under current policy, potential resource development on tribal lands faces many obstacles that projects on private or state land do not. This process can be fraught with litigation and delays that chase away potential investments and crush otherwise viable projects. The Native American Energy Act streamlines many of the duplicative federal regulatory hurdles that prevent tribes or individuals from profitably developing energy resources on their land. This will provide tribes with greater control over how they develop their own natural resources and allow them to do so in ways that will best benefit their communities, not a DC bureaucrat’s ideology.”
“The Native American Energy Act is critically important to Native Americans because it encourages tribal energy development which will be a huge step towards self determination for America’s tribes,” said Congressman Don Young (AK-at large), who introduced H.R. 538. “The Judicial Review provisions are crucial for Alaska Natives, whose ability to develop their land claim settlement lands has been abused by special interest groups filing lawsuits from outside. These lands, given by this Congress to Alaska Natives, are now being interfered with by outside interest groups.”
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