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Drilling on Public Lands: Native American Voices Frustrated by Virtual Public Hearings Over Zoom

The Trump administration has attempted to plow forward with its plans to open up public lands to drilling for oil and gas exploration. To do so, it has continued to hold public meetings over Zoom. That means that Native American groups who often have spotty internet service or no service at all are not able to participate in the public meetings, according to The Washington Post. While tribal groups are often vociferous in public meetings in an attempt to protect their land from encroaching industry and the pollution that accompanies it, some have complained that the technology creates a roadblock to participating in the public discussion. More than 30 percent of tribal lands lack access to basic broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission.  Read more.....

 

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