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Northern Cheyenne Tribe settles drilling lawsuit

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana has reached a settlement to its coalbed methane drilling lawsuit.

The tribe won an injunction to halt drilling near the reservation. Under a settlement with the Bureau of Land Management and an energy company, the injunction will be lifted in order to allow development by the company to proceed.

Under the settlement, the BLM will consult with the tribe on cultural issues. Fidelity Exploration and Production Co. will pay the tribe up to $10,000 to conduct an inventory of cultural properties. BLM will pay the tribe $47,000 for attorney's fees.

Get the Story:
Tribe, BLM, firm settle CBM suit (The Billings Gazette 11/2)

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