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Navajo Nation Council advancing energy policy

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anavFARMINGTON – The Navajo Nation Council is advancing a pro-coal energy policy that tribal President Ben Shelly says is a condition for him to support the purchase of the Navajo Mine.

The Daily Times reports that the policy states that coal and coal-fired plants make up a significant portion of the tribe’s economy and its revenue. It also calls for the tribe to support clean coal technology.

Two council committees have passed the energy policy in the week since Shelly announced his position.

Council members also are advancing a bill to provide $4.1 million for a tribal entity for completing negotiations and other initial costs associated with buying Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton.

The full council will consider both during a special session beginning Oct. 16 in Window Rock.

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