The state Attorney General’s office and the Water Resources Board object to proposed federal oil and gas rules in Osage County, a tribal county where production is largely regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In the 11-page letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt objected to language regarding water rights and said state regulators should have jurisdiction. J.D. Strong, executive director for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, expressed a similar sentiment in his comments to the BIA this week. Strong said the proposed rules would give the Osage Nation control over the water throughout the county.
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