Devon Energy withdraws from reservation boundary lawsuit, Gov. Mead says lawsuit unaffected



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CASPER, Wyoming — An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country.

Devon Energy joined the state of Wyoming and the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation in the suit against the EPA's decision in early 2014.

Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Dean Goggles says the tribe negotiated with Devon Energy to ease the company's concern that granting the Wind River Indian reservation treatment as a state would hamper oil exploration on the reservation.

Gov. Matt Mead tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1F1VFSY) that the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which is now before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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