ACHP invites public comment in order to resolve 33-year permit suspension for oil well on Blackfeet Reservation

US D-D.C. Court order in the matter of Solonex LLC v. Sally Jewell, et. al, here.

DOI Schedule here.

ACHP invitation to comment here.

On July 27, 2015, the D.C. District Court ruled the Department of the Interior (DOI) is violating federal law in delaying decision on a natural gas exploratory permit that has been suspended since 1985.  The DOI was given 21 days to submit a schedule for the final resolution of the suspension and on Monday that schedule was released.  Highlights include:

  • The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to gather comments to give to the Secretary of Agriculture before September 21, 2015.
  • The Forest Service will review the comments and submit its recommendation on the potential for adverse effects to historic properties and ideas on mitigating effects to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by October 31, 2015.
  • BLM has to make a final decision to lift the suspension or initiate cancellation by November 31, 2015.
  • Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act could delay conclusion until July 15, 2017.

ACHP has scheduled its 3-hour public meeting for Wednesday, September 2, 2015, in Choteau, Montana.  Designated representatives from all parties, including the Blackfeet Tribe, will speak first then comments will come from those who report their name and organization before the meeting.  Any other comments will be heard as time permits.  ACHP is accepting written comments until 5PM EDT on Friday, September 4, 2015.

If you would like to officially speak at the meeting or write a comment:

Fax:       (202) 517-6381
Mail:      Ms Katry Harris
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
401 F St NW Suite 308
Washington DC 20001 2637

Council of Canadians Report on Drinking Water in Canada

Report here. Website here.

On Notice for a Drinking Water Crisis in Canada is a report by Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui that provides an overview of the drinking water advisories in effect in each of the provinces, territories and in First Nations. As of January 2015, there were at least 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect, including 1,669 drinking water advisories in communities across Canada and 169 drinking water advisories in 126 First Nation communities. It also provides a summary of the threats to drinking water sources across Canada.

Federal Inter-Agency Progress Report on Collaborating to Protect Sacred Sites

Here is “Progress Report on Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding
Regarding Interagency Coordination and Collaboration for the Protection of Indian Sacred Sites,” released by the Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and the
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation:

SacredSitesWorkingGroup- ProgressReport