Here at Shiprock, NM, chapter, waiting for community to get to legislation opposing BHP’s waiver of all past, current and future liabilities regarding the coal mine, which BHP named Navajo Mine. Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC, which the Navajo Council created as a tribal enterprise specifically created to purchase Navajo Mine, announced on Halloween that the purchase agreement between BHP and NTEC had been signed. A few days before NTEC’s announcement, the Council approved amendments to NTEC’s operational plan that waived all liabilities – past, current, future – for both NTEC and BHP in the purchase of Navajo Mine.
And a few days before Halloween, Shiprock President Duane “Chili” Yazzie announced that he was sponsoring a Shiprock Chapter resolution opposing the Waiver of Liabilities for BHP. But no sooner did he make that announcement when BHP contacted him and asked him to wait on taking his resolution to the people of Shiprock until after they met with him. But when Chili informed BHP that he would be brining Council Delegate Russell Begaye and an attorney with him, BHP backed out of the meeting and then announced that a purchase agreement had been signed between BHP and NTEC.
So now, Chili has placed his legislation on today’s Shiprock Chapter agenda.