Now that half of Oklahoma is officially Indian land, oil industry could face new costs and environmental hurdles

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from The Washington Post,

Silhouette of three oil pumps at sunset. Oil field at sunset. Stormy sky with lightning.

The landmark Supreme Court decision gives the five tribes a say over oil and gas wells, refineries, and pipelines — including those running to the Cushing hub of the Keystone XL, legal experts say.

In a 5-4 decision, the court declared in McGirt v. Oklahoma that a vast portion of Oklahoma is Indian country for the purposes of the Major Crimes Act. The ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, affirms several cardinal precepts of the American republic: that we are to be governed by laws, not men; that promises should be honored, and that might must never be allowed to triumph over right.

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