Ute Tribe and Myton Water Agreement, a Model Says Chairman Duncan

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UTE INDIAN TRIBE AND THE TOWNSITE OF MYTON ENTER HISTORIC AGREEMENT FOR THE JOINT MARKETING OF WATER IN THE UINTA BASIN

Ft. Duchesne, UT May 22, 2018

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the city of Myton, Utah have approved a joint venture agreement for the marketing of water in the Uinta Basin. The agreement provides that Myton and the Tribe will jointly market water resources to energy developers in need of water for oil and gas development activities on and near the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. This is the first agreement between the Tribe and Myton to provide for joint economic development activities.

The Tribe views this agreement as an indication what can be accomplished when local governments collaborate with the Tribe and put their shared resources to use. “This agreement represents more than just a business opportunity,” says Ute Business Committee Chairman Luke Duncan. “It shows that the Tribe and its neighbors can foster constructive economic relationships as we look to the future of resource development in the region.”

The agreement comes at a time when interest in oil and gas development on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation remains strong. Marketing unused water resources to meet the industrial needs of regional energy developers presents a windfall for a local economy that relies on natural resource development.

“Myton is excited to work with the Tribe in marketing and developing these essential water resources,” says Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “We believe this agreement will yield economic benefits for the city and improve the greater economy of the region.”

Myton and the Tribe are committed to actively marketing water to energy developers in and around the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for as long as the joint venture agreement remains in effect.

About the Ute Indian Tribe-The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. Three bands of Utes comprise the Ute Indian Tribe: the Whiteriver Band, the Uncompahgre Band and the Uintah Band. The Tribe has a membership of more than three thousand individuals. The Ute Indian Tribe operates its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land which contains significant oil and gas deposits. The Tribal Business Committee is the governing council of the Tribe.

About Myton- Myton is a municipal corporation in Duchesne County, Utah, and is located within the exterior boundaries of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Myton was incorporated as a town in 1912. Myton had an estimated population of 624 in 2016, according to the United States Census Bureau. Myton’s current mayor is Kathleen Cooper. 

Robert Lucero