BIA, Tribe Seek To Stall Approval of Hydro Power

The Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday to hold off on granting a preliminary permit for a proposed 2,000- megawatt pump storage hydroelectric project in Arizona, citing concerns about impacts to endangered species and water supplies.

The BIA and the Yavapai-Apache Nation echoed concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance last week that Longview Energy Exchange LLC’s project could interfere with the base flow of the Verde River, a critical water source for the downstream Yavapai-Apache Indian Reservation.

…(Law 360)

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