Sho-Bans approached on coal gasification plant

The Shoshone-Bannock Nation of Idaho was approached about operating a coal gasification plant but the deal fell apart due to conditions imposed on the tribe, The Idaho State Journal reports.

The tribes were offered land for the project but only if they agreed not to enforce tribal employment laws, including Indian hiring preferences. The tribes were also asked to waive liability and lawsuits over land and natural resources.

When the tribes wouldn't agree to these conditions, FMC and other developers approached Power County officials. A deal was announced March 10 but tribal officials say they should be part of the discussions.

Get the Story:
Coal plant pitched before to Sho-Bans: Talks fell apart over land purchase issues (The Idaho State Journal 4/10)
Tribe wants in on discussions of proposed coal gasification plant (AP 4/10)

Relevant Links:
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - http://www.shoshonebannocktribes.com