Interior Secretary Ken
announced a new website to help tribes develop their energy resources.
The Tribal Environmental and Energy Information Clearinghouse
was developed by the Office of Indian Energy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs
and the Argonne National Laboratory
at the Department of Energy
. It provides information about traditional and renewable energy resource development and their impacts.
"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," Salazar said.
"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," he added.
Salazar spoke last week at a Washington, D.C., summit held by the Council of Energy Resource
. He said President Barack Obama
is committed to helping tribes develop their resources.