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Minerals Council plans to write its own oil and gas regulations

The Osage Minerals Council voted to assign Patterson, Earnhardt, Real Bird and Wilson LLP to assist the minerals council in writing oil and gas regulations for the Osage Mineral Estate. The motion, made by Councilwoman Susan Foreman and seconded by Councilman Paul Revard, passed 6-0 with Councilwoman Marsha Harlan absent from the vote.

This isn’t the first time the council planned to write its own oil and gas regulations.

Foreman said, “Some months ago we decided as a council, we all agreed that we would write our own regulations. We’ve attempted on several occasions to determine who would help us write those.”

The council informed the federal government it would write its own regulations. The council received a “scolding letter from Washington [D.C.]” after declining to participate in a consultation with the Department of Interior. Now, the council is standing up for its sovereign right to make decisions regarding the mineral estate.

“I think the fact that we would hire a law firm of that stature of the Patterson group, gives us a little bit more credibility to our statement that we’re writing our own [regulations],” Revard said. “Not only are we seven writing our own, but we’ve got this Washington D.C. qualified, recognized law firm helping us.”

“They need to realize we are a sovereign power here. We have our own ability to make our own laws. It’s in our constitution, and I feel like they’re just ignoring it,” said Councilman Talee Redcorn. “So, we need to continue making our stand.” Council members expressed that they don’t need a “nanny” watching over the council’s decisions.


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Kennedy Sepulvado
My name is Kennedy Sepulvado and I cover the Osage Minerals Council for Osage News. I grew up in Union City, Ok where I fell in love with Journalism. I earned my bachelor degree from the University of Oklahoma and am working towards my masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. My goal is to one day be a journalism professor. Since I freelance with Osage News, I have another job as a multimedia journalist for OETA’s Oklahoma News Report. I recently got to combine my work and featured the OMC’s well plugging efforts for a story with OETA. When I’m not working, I spend time painting or attending sporting events with my family. I have my 𐒻𐓧𐓪͘͘͘𐓟𐓻𐓣͘͘ (cat), Cheshire. And we just added a 𐓇𐓪͘𐓤𐓟 (dog), 𐒼𐓙𐓡𐓣𐓤𐓘 (Chief).

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