New Mexico BHP Coal President Pat Risner stated in his press release, “BHP Billiton is pleased that the Four Corners Power Plant owners, the Navajo Nation and NTEC have agreed to move forward and worked with us to conclude this important transaction. This is great news for the employees, communities, and all stakeholders that derive benefits from Navajo Mine and the Four Corners Power Plant. This transaction represents an important economic development opportunity for the Navajo Nation and preserves critical jobs and revenue for the region until at least 2031.”
HERE IS THE WEB ADDRESS FOR BHP PRESS RELEASE ON FINALIZED SALE OF BHP COAL MINE TO NAVAJO NATION/NAVAJO TRANSITIONAL ENERGY COMPANY:
On Dec. 27, the Navajo Council approved Legislation 0367-13 with a vote of 17 in favor and 5 opposed at 4:04 p.m. and later that day, Speaker Naize signed the finalized Legislation 0367-13 which was delivered to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, who almost immediately signed off on it. All in one day!
HERE IS THE WEB ADDRESS FOR THE NAVAJO COUNCIL APPROVED AND PRESIDENT SHELLY SIGNED COPY OF LEGISLATION 0367-13: APPROVING AN ALTERNATIVE FORUM FOR ENFORCEMENT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND ANCILLARY PROCEEDINGS BROUGH PURSANT TO THE NAVAJO NATION SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY ACT IN THE GENERAL INDEMNITY AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE NAVAJO NATION AND ZURICK AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY AND ARCH INSURANCE COMPANY RELATED TO THE ISSUANCE OF PERFORMANCE AND RECLMATION BONDS RELATED TO THE NAVAJO MINE:
The 17 Delegates that voted “YES” on Legislation 0367-13 were:
Charles Damon II
The 5 Delegates that voted “NO” were:
The 2 Delegates that did not vote were:
Russell Begaye, who had a medical appointment
Johnny Naize, who is Speaker and does not vote, unless there is a tie vote.
And remember, the Council amended its Council floor rules to remove Abstensions, which means that Delegates can no longer cast an abstaining vote.