• Federal law allows tribes to fully implement or share in implementation of energy permitting authority on tribal lands if certain planning conditions have been met.
• Developer must ascertain the level of involvement the tribe will have in relation to the BIA in determining how to develop a proposed wind project on tribal land.
• Permitting requirements are reservation-specific.
• Consult with the tribe and the BIA to determine the permits that will be required, to whom applications must be submitted, and which entity has the ultimate authority over the issuance of the permits.
Step Three - Complete All Required Permit Applications and Studies and Comply with other Federal Requirements
• Applications accepted.
• Cost reimbursement account is established.
• Developer conducts the studies that the tribe and/or BIA have requested. Developer may need to negotiate scope of studies, citing nearby projects, if possible.
• Comply with NEPA, ESA, NHPA, and any other federal requirements. Either the BIA or the tribe could be designated as the lead agency pursuant to NEPA.
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