DOI Speeds Permit Process For Green Energy On Indian Land

Law360, New York (November 28, 2012, 5:33 PM EST) -- The Obama administration on Tuesday put the finishing touches on streamlined permitting and leasing policies for wind and solar projects in Indian country, setting the stage for an uptick in renewable energy developments on millions of acres of land.

The new rules supplant half-century-old regulations and impose far stricter requirements on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to move swiftly in considering wind and solar projects. The agency now must act within 60 days on proposed leases, whereas it previously faced no deadline, creating uncertainty and allowing...
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