Environmental reports and case studies regarding tribal energy transmission projects.
The following table provides access to environmental reports (e.g., environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, records of decision) and case studies for energy transmission projects undertaken by tribes. You may search the entire repository of relevant reports and case studies by document type, energy resource, project location, and/or tribe using tools provided in the Document Library.
The following Web sites provide access to repositories of environmental reports and case studies for a wide variety of energy projects, including tribal and non-tribal projects and projects involving other types of energy resources.
Energy Transmission Corridor Siting
The U.S. Department of the Interior published the Energy Transport Corridor Siting for Tribal Planners Guidance Manual in January 2010. This manual recommends a step-wise process for the siting of energy transmission corridors or transmission rights-of-way across tribal lands in a manner that will help (1) facilitate both energy development and energy transmission and (2) avoid or minimize potential associated impacts of transmission development. The manual was sponsored by the DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Services.
Study of Rights-of-Way on Indian Lands
In May 2007, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Energy prepared a Report to Congress titled "Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813 Indian Land Rights-of-Way Study." This report evaluated processes in place for the negotiation and renewal of transmission rights-of-way across Indian lands. Documents related to the Section 1813 Study are available for download or review; these include the final and draft reports, comments on the draft report, public meeting transcripts and summaries, and Federal Register notices.
Environmental Studies Repositories
A number of organizations maintain repositories of environmental impact statements (EISs) and environmental assessments (EAs), some of which are specific to energy development on tribal lands.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Impact Statement Database provides a searchable listing of draft and final EISs that have been submitted to the EPA (searchable by keyword in title, publication date, agency, and state). The EPA does not provide a copy of the document itself, but information regarding summaries of EPA comments can be obtained at the Web site.
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of the General Counsel provides lists and links to various DOE NEPA Documents (draft and final EISs, EAs, supporting documents, and supplemental analyses) prepared by the agency.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission eLibrary provides a search menu to find EAs, EISs, environmental studies, and a full range of supporting documentation prepared by the agency.