Now that half of Oklahoma is officially Indian land, oil industry could face new costs and environmental hurdles

The Washington Post discusses how, in Oklahoma, the oil industry could face new costs and environmental hurdles. The landmark Supreme Court decision gives the five tribes a say over oil and gas wells, refineries, and pipelines — including those running to the Cushing hub of the Keystone XL, legal experts say.

A crash in prices. A round of bankruptcies. And wave after wave of layoffs.

On top of all the turmoil Oklahoma oil producers have had to deal with since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court has added another item to that list: a landmark decision declaring nearly half of eastern Oklahoma to be Native American land.

With the high court’s ruling, oil and gas drillers in the nation’s fourth largest oil-producing state suddenly find themselves operating within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and four other tribal reservations.

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