Minerals Council

Minerals Council to hold community meetings on Tribal Energy Resource Agreements

The Osage Minerals Council is looking to dispel some myths and garner community feedback about a potential energy development arrangement with the federal government.  

A public Zoom meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 to talk about the ins and outs of a tribal energy resource agreement, or TERA.

Among the specific topics slated to be addressed are the TERA application process, specific roles of different entities within the Osage Nation and breaking down exactly what a TERA is and is not.

First approved in 2005, a TERA between a tribe and the Department of Interior allows a tribe to review, approve and manage leases, business agreements and rights of way for energy development on tribal land without having to go through the Secretary of Interior every step of the way.

Released in the Dec. 18 edition of the Federal Register, the updated TERA regulations lay out parameters for tribes to pursue self-governance agreements for some or all of the services associated with energy development, including oil and gas drilling.

Citing both the Osage Nation constitution and a 2015 Osage Supreme Court ruling, the comments published with the regulations explicitly state that the Osage Minerals Council does not constitute a “tribal governing body” and would not have unilateral authority to change the scope of a TERA should one be pursued. Instead, both the executive branch and the Osage Nation Congress would have that authority.