Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813, Report to Congress, 27589 [E7-9431]

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The refuge objectives are to restore and maintain this locally important wetland ecosystem for the benefit of endangered species and migratory birds. These issues and the objectives along with others identified during the scoping process will be addressed during the development of the Draft CCP/EA. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: February 8, 2007. Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on May 11, 2007. [FR Doc. E7–9403 Filed 5–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:27 May 15, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813, Report to Congress Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of publication of report to Congress. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109–58) requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy (Departments) to jointly consult with stakeholders and conduct a study of issues related to energy rights-of-way (ROWs) on tribal lands. The Act further directs the Departments to submit a report to Congress on the findings of the study. The Report to Congress is available on the Section 1813 Web site (https://1813.anl.gov). This Web site will remain active until August 8, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Francois (DOI, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development) at (202) 219–0740, or Kristen Ellis (DOE, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs) at (202) 586– 5810. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, to contact the above individuals during business hours. FIRS is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109–58) requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy (Departments) to jointly conduct a study of issues regarding grants, expansions, and renewals of energy rights-of-way (ROWs) on tribal lands. Section 1813 also requires the Departments to consult with Indian tribes, the energy industry, appropriate governmental entities, and affected businesses and consumers in the course of the study. The Act further directs the Departments to submit a report to Congress on the findings of the study, including: (1) An analysis of historic rates of compensation paid for energy ROWs on tribal land; (2) Recommendations for appropriate standards and procedures for determining fair and appropriate compensation to Indian tribes for grants, expansions, and renewals of energy ROWs on tribal land; (3) An assessment of the tribal self-determination and sovereignty interests implicated by PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27589 applications for the grant, expansion, or renewal of energy ROWs on tribal land; and (4) An analysis of relevant national energy transportation policies relating to grants, expansions, and renewals of energy ROWs on tribal land. The Departments held a number of public meetings to seek input and feedback from Indian tribes, the energy industry, appropriate governmental entities, and affected businesses and consumers. In addition the Departments held a number of government to government consultations with Indian tribes. The Departments released two draft reports and accepted comment about the content of both draft reports. This final Report to Congress reflects the Departments’ response to the considered and substantial comments received. The Report to Congress is available on the Section 1813 Web site (https:// 1813.anl.gov) until August 8, 2007. Dated: May 11, 2007. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–9431 Filed 5–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–96–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [F–14865–B; AK–964–1410–HY] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Deloycheet, Incorporated. The lands are in the vicinity of Holy Cross, Alaska, and are located in: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 24 N., R. 55 W., Secs. 16 and 17; Sec. 18 and that portion of U.S. Survey No. 10183 formerly within Native allotment application AA–59647. Containing approximately 1,636 acres. T. 26 N., R. 55 W., Secs. 4 to 8, inclusive; Secs. 17 to 20, inclusive; Secs. 29 to 32, inclusive. Containing 6,832.21 acres. T. 25 N., R. 58 W., Secs. 2 to 6, inclusive; Secs. 11 and 14; Secs. 23, 24 and 25. Containing 4,058.61. Aggregating approximately 12,527 acres. E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813, Report to Congress

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of publication of report to Congress.

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SUMMARY: Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) 
requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy 
(Departments) to jointly consult with stakeholders and conduct a study 
of issues related to energy rights-of-way (ROWs) on tribal lands. The 
Act further directs the Departments to submit a report to Congress on 
the findings of the study. The Report to Congress is available on the 
Section 1813 Web site (https://1813.anl.gov). This Web site will remain 
active until August 8, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Francois (DOI, Office of Indian 
Energy and Economic Development) at (202) 219-0740, or Kristen Ellis 
(DOE, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs) at (202) 
586-5810. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339, to contact the above individuals during business hours. FIRS 
is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) 
requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy 
(Departments) to jointly conduct a study of issues regarding grants, 
expansions, and renewals of energy rights-of-way (ROWs) on tribal 
lands. Section 1813 also requires the Departments to consult with 
Indian tribes, the energy industry, appropriate governmental entities, 
and affected businesses and consumers in the course of the study. The 
Act further directs the Departments to submit a report to Congress on 
the findings of the study, including: (1) An analysis of historic rates 
of compensation paid for energy ROWs on tribal land; (2) 
Recommendations for appropriate standards and procedures for 
determining fair and appropriate compensation to Indian tribes for 
grants, expansions, and renewals of energy ROWs on tribal land; (3) An 
assessment of the tribal self-determination and sovereignty interests 
implicated by applications for the grant, expansion, or renewal of 
energy ROWs on tribal land; and (4) An analysis of relevant national 
energy transportation policies relating to grants, expansions, and 
renewals of energy ROWs on tribal land.
    The Departments held a number of public meetings to seek input and 
feedback from Indian tribes, the energy industry, appropriate 
governmental entities, and affected businesses and consumers. In 
addition the Departments held a number of government to government 
consultations with Indian tribes. The Departments released two draft 
reports and accepted comment about the content of both draft reports. 
This final Report to Congress reflects the Departments' response to the 
considered and substantial comments received. The Report to Congress is 
available on the Section 1813 Web site (https://1813.anl.gov) until 
August 8, 2007.

    Dated: May 11, 2007.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E7-9431 Filed 5-15-07; 8:45 am]
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