Pumped Hydro Storage LLC is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for preliminary permits to study the sites east of Grand Canyon National Park over three years. None of it will move forward without permission from the Navajo Nation.
Navajo President Jonathan Nez said he's been briefed by tribal economic development officials about the proposals to create four reservoirs — two of which would be directly on the Little Colorado River — but hasn't talked with anyone from Pumped Hydro Storage.
"With any project or proposal that is presented to the Navajo Nation, we weigh the pros and cons in terms of employment opportunities, economic development, water resources, environmental impact and other factors," Nez said. "We are ever mindful that we must respect our environment. The local Navajo communities must be informed, and their voices must be heard."
A public comment period on the permit applications runs through Nov. 22.