While the picture has been painted over the past few years that Native American tribes are totally opposed to oil and gas operations, that’s not so. And the case was made over the weekend when it was announced that a tribe in North Dakota acquired an idle pipeline to help deliver oil from wells on its reservation.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation bought the pipeline from the energy company Enbridge but it did not reveal the price. The line will connect tribal oil operations on its Fort Berthold Reservation to Enbridge’s pipeline network and should be running within a year.
“This is a major step in enhancing our ability to get our trust assets of oil and gas out to market,” tribal chair Mark Fox said to the Bismarck Tribune.
The Associated Press report there are more than 2,600 active oil and gas wells on the reservation. Their average production is 144,190 barrels of oil a day.
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