The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, has launched a Web site to create a Web-based clearinghouse of environmental information that will support American Indian and Alaska Native traditional and renewable energy resource development.
The Tribal Environmental and Energy Information Clearinghouse, which can be accessed at teeic.anl.gov, creates a knowledge base for tribes and tribal organizations that can assist them in capacity-building efforts to develop environmental analysis and evaluation programs and processes that further their energy and economic development goals.
‘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,’ says Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
In addition to environmental best practices, assistance on conducting environmental assessments to aid in decision-making, and links to applicable federal and state laws and agency contacts related to energy development, the clearinghouse's database includes information on the various impacts of different types of traditional and renewable energy development and infrastructure projects. The database has been developed using existing information, which will be augmented over time with environmental impact assessments.
SOURCE: Department of the Interior