Oklahoma in federal coal fight

Oklahoma Department of Mines |


Oklahoma is resisting efforts by the Biden administration to surrender its authority over coal mine clean up efforts to the federal government or Indian tribes.

This week, the government filed a request with a federal court stating that Oklahoma should turn over cleanup oversight because tribal lands are overseen by the tribes or federal government and not by states.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and other state leaders continue to rebel against the U.S. Supreme Court McGirt ruling that returned criminal and some regulatory enforcement to the tribes. The state now claims the McGirt ruling applied only to criminal law and not civil issues such as mine reclamation oversight.