Interior Secretary Salazar Announces Web-Based Clearinghouse to
Simplify Energy Permitting on Tribal Lands
Source: Interior Dept.
Condensed by Native Village
WASHINGTON, DC – A new website has been launched with
information that supports American Indian and Alaska Native
renewable energy resource development. The website is run by The Indian Affairs Office of Indian
Energy and Economic Development along with
the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National
“The Tribal Environmental and Energy Information Clearinghouse
initiative is an excellent example of how we can support the
goal of increasing traditional and
renewable energy development on tribal lands, thereby
enhancing economic development opportunities for Indian tribes,
while ensuring that such activities are conducted in an
environmentally sound manner,” said Ken Salazar. Secretary of
The website will feature:
Environmental best practices,
conducting environmental assessments to aid in decision-making,
Links to applicable federal and state laws and agency
contacts related to energy development,
Information on the impacts of
different types of traditional and renewable energy development
and infrastructure projects.
The database has been developed
using existing information. New information will be added as impact assessments are completed.
“As concerned stewards of their natural resources, tribes will
be able to use the clearinghouse as a convenient, authoritative
resource for information, both to use in the protection of their
environmental and cultural values and to maximize their economic
development opportunities,” Salazar said.
The Indian Affairs Office
of Indian Energy and Economic Development was created in 2005 to encourage
economic development in Indian Country. The IEED’s mission is to
strengthen Indian communities by creating jobs, Indian-owned
businesses, a trained workforce, developing Indian energy and
mineral resources, and increasing access to capital.
The Tribal Environmental and
Energy Information Clearinghouse:
Source: Interior Dept.
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