Law360 interviewed Manatt's Craig Moyer, chair of the firm's Land, Environment and Natural Resources division, for an article on the unique challenges associated with getting energy development projects up and running on tribal lands.
Law360 reports that energy development on tribal lands is big business, but there are a number of unique challenges, from overlapping regulations to cultural historical sensitivities. Oftentimes, energy companies will tout the jobs and economic development their project will bring to a region. They're going to be held to that promise if they want to develop a project on tribal lands.
"Unemployment is high and creating revenue for the tribal government is not the only driving factor," said Moyer. "You have be able to demonstrate that you can create both direct jobs and indirect jobs."
Read the article here.