Federal court orders removal of natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma for trespassing on original Kiowa Indian lands.
Tribal Members in Oklahoma Defeat Natural Gas Pipeline Company*
Federal court orders removal of natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma for trespassing on original Kiowa Indian lands
By Kristin Eaton
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered a natural gas pipeline operator to cease operations and remove the pipeline located on original Kiowa Indian lands Anadarko.
The ruling in Davilla v. Enable Midstream Partners,, L.P., issued at the end of March, found that Enable Midstream was continuing to trespass on the land and ordered the company to remove the pipeline within six months.
The plaintiffs are 38 enrolled members of the Comanche, Caddo, Apache, Cherokee and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma. Additionally, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma has an interest in the land. The interests vary from nearly 30% to less than 9/10th of a percent.
“It’s very significant,” said plaintiffs’ lawyer David Smith.
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