November 22, 2021
The Honorable Brenda Mallory
Chair, Council on Environmental Quality
730 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20503
RE: Comments on Proposed NEPA Regulations Revisions
Dear Ms. Mallory:
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 2020. In our view the 2020 revisions are a move in the wrong direction because they reduce public input and analysis that is needed, especially for front line communities living near federal projects and energy development.
My name is Lisa DeVille. I am an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nation. I and my family are lifelong residents of Mandaree on Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. We live in the front lines of the Bakken oil and gas extraction where we witness the health, environment, and social impacts. I am co-founder of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water Earth Rights, an affiliate to Dakota Resource Council.