President Shelly Signs Energy Policy, $4.1 million for NTEC to acquire Navajo Mine into Law

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Minutes after Speaker Johnny Naize certified five pieces of legislation that the Navajo Nation Council passed this week, President Ben Shelly signed three of them into law Thursday in his office headquarters.

Those three pieces are the Navajo Nation Energy Policy of 2013, $4.1 million for the purchase of Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal and amendments requested by NTEC and BHP Billiton that Council passed Wednesday night to change the plan of operation of the new energy company to help it acquire Navajo Mine.

Both Naize and Shelly held two separate press conferences – one in front of the Navajo Nation Council Chamber and one in Shelly’s office — in honor of what they both deemed a historical day for Navajo.