Court Allows BIA's Final Rule Regarding Rights-of-Way on Indian Land To Go Into Effect April 21

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Final Rule entitled Rights-of-Way on Indian Land, 80 Fed. Reg. 72492-72549 (Nov. 19, 2015), making changes to the regulations in 25 C.F.R. Part 169, will go into effect. The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin implementation of the Final Rule in Western Energy Alliance v. Jewell, No. 1:16-cv-50 (April 19, 2016). Modrall Sperling represents the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association with respect to its motion to intervene in Western Energy Alliance to challenge specific provisions of the Final Rule.

For our prior analysis on the changes to 25 C.F.R. Part 169 made by the Final Rule, please see "Four Changes to BIA's Right-Of-Way Regulations That Grantees and Applicants Should Know". For any questions regarding the Final Rule or the litigation, please contact Lynn H. Slade or Deana M. Bennett.