Three Native American tribes whose land hosts up to one third of North Dakota’s 1 million BOPD production have asked oil companies to pay royalties on the natural gas they are burning off, or flaring, from oil wells on Indian lands in Fort Berthold. The reservation’s one million acres are home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes.

“The Three Affiliated Tribes outlined its plan to impose fees in a six-page document sent to oil companies,” according to the Associated Press. “In it, the tribes said companies would be required to pay royaltie...


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