OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is opposing proposed federal rules on the regulation of oil and gas production in Osage County.
Pruitt wrote to the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday outlining his opposition to the proposed rules.
Pruitt says the state of Oklahoma, not the federal government, is best equipped to design and administer laws and regulations pertaining to oil and gas development in Osage County.
In 2011, the Osage Nation and the federal government reached a $380 million settlement over allegations the federal government mismanaged tribal mineral rights. Both sides also agreed to review and revise existing regulations of the tribe's holdings.
Pruitt says the proposed federal rules contradict existing state laws and add unnecessary hurdles to oil and gas producers.