Group puts spin on Indian rights-of-way study
A group called Fair Access to Energy Coalition is trying to tie high oil and gas prices to the recent Indian rights-of-way report.

The group says the report from the Energy Department and the Interior Department raises concerns about energy rights-of-way on Indian lands. "Consumers should be pleased that the Departments recognize that lengthy impasses over critical energy rights-of-way on tribal lands can arise due to uncertainty, lack of uniformity and transparency in negotiations and that Congress has Constitutional authority to resolve those impasses by specific legislation," executive director Nancy Ives said.

The report, however, states there is no evidence that Indian rights-of-way agreements have ever had an impact on energy prices. The departments recommended no change to energy policy out of respect for tribal self-determination.

FAIR calls itself a "broad-based, non-partisan group that is seeking a solution to ensure the movement of energy across tribal lands on reasonable terms." The group spent nearly $2 million in lobbying fees in 2005 and 2006 -- the years when the report was being prepared and finalized.

FAIR's legal advisor while the report was being prepared was Tom Sansonetti, a former Justice Department and former Interior Department lawyer.

Get the Story:
Press Release: Report Says Congress Could Authorize Condemnation of Tribal Lands in Energy Rights-of-Way Disputes (Fair Access to Energy Coalition 5/22)

Get the Report:
Report to Congress: Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813 Indian Land Rights-of-Way Study (May 2007( } Letters to Congress (May 2007)

Rights-of-Way Report:
Draft Report to Congress: Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813 Indian Land Rights-of-Way Study | Appendix: Historic Rates of Compensation for Rights-of-Way Crossing Indian Lands, 1948-2006

Get the Bill:
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R.6)

Relevant Links:
Energy Policy Act Section 1813 - http://1813.anl.gov

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