This episode again takes us to the Western United States. Anchor Anchor Brock Yordy lays out some of the complex issues surrounding tribal sovereignty and water access amid historic drought.

“It’s been unjust for decades … and those sovereign nations deserve their water,” Yordy says. He walks us through rifts between tribal nations and neighboring communities, the tug-of-water over century-old treaties and water compacts, and how water scarcity complicates it all.

This episode covers:

  • Emergency plans for jobsite fires
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act funds for drilling infrastructure
  • Abandoning orphan oil and gas wells
  • Droughts in the Western U.S.
  • Tribal water rights amid the historic Western U.S. drought
  • Senior water rights versus junior water rights

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