On July 7, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a new rule to tighten standards for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Sea, with the intent of protecting both the environment and coastal Alaska Natives' cultural traditions. Native American Law Attorney Walter Featherly posits that these tightened regulations could hurt the very tribal communities the ruling is meant to protect.
"While protection of the marine ecology and subsistence-based environments is hugely important, what's equally important is the recognition that development is woefully needed in order for there to be viable tribal communities," Mr. Featherly said, citing the for-profit Alaska Native oil and gas service corporations.
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