Crow rep tells Senate committee reform of clean-water law to boost Montana coal export

Crow rep tells Senate committee reform of clean-water law to boost Montana coal export

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- A Crow tribe representative joined Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and John Barrasso of Wyoming Thursday to call for reforming national clean water laws to support coal exports.

CJ Stewart, board director of the National Tribal Energy Association, spoke to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the importance of coal exports to Asia to Crow reservation, where unemployment is high.

“Tribal economies face many obstacles to success, and currently the economy of the Crow Tribe is facing a critical crisis. While we are blessed with untold mineral wealth in oil, coal, and gas on the Crow reservation, regulatory roadblocks and political crisis force us to languish in poverty,” Stewart told the committee in a statement provided by Barrasso.