El Centro Field Office

Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area


General Description of the Project

Geothermal resources are underground reservoirs of hot water or steam created by heat from the earth. Geothermal steam and hot water can reach the surface of the earth in the form of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, or steam vents. These resources also can be accessed by wells, and the heat energy can be used for generating electricity or for other direct uses, such as heating greenhouses and aquaculture operations or for dehydrating vegetables.

Issuance of geothermal leases could have indirect impacts because such leasing represents a commitment of resources, and it is reasonably expected that subsequent exploration, development, production, and closeout activities would occur. Therefore, the Final EIS presents a broad scope analysis of the potential indirect and cumulative impacts from geothermal leasing.

Currently, five noncompetitive geothermal lease applications are pending with BLM on approximately 7,051 acres of Federal mineral estate within the proposed action area. Before BLM may make a decision as to whether or not to issue these leases and offer future leases in the project area, the lands must first be assessed under NEPA requirements and procedures established under the Council on Environmental Quality regulations. The BLM El Centro Field Office has prepared this EIS to assess the potential environmental impacts from geothermal exploration, development, and operations that could reasonably occur if the lands are leased.



Public Comments

The comment period for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has closed.  Public comments on the DEIS received by close of business on April 30, 2007 were accepted.



Public Meetings and Hearings

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scheduled three open houses to gather comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which analyzed the proposed leasing of approximately 14,731 acres of BLM-managed public lands for geothermal exploration and development in the Truckhaven area located in western Imperial County.

The meetings were held at the following dates, times and locations:

  • 3/20/07, 6p.m. - 8p.m., Borrego Springs Resort, Borrego Springs, CA
  • 3/21/07, 12p.m. - 2p.m., West Shores Senior Center, Salton City, CA
  • 3/21/07, 6p.m. - 8p.m., County Center II D & E, El Centro, CA

Four scoping meeting were also scheduled to gather public comments regarding preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

The meetings were held at the following dates, times and locations:

  • 8/2/05, 6p.m. - 8p.m., County Center II B & C, El Centro, CA
  • 8/3/05, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m., Handlery Hotel & Resort, San Diego, CA
  • 8/9/05, 6p.m. - 8p.m., Sea Port Marina Hotel, Long Beach, CA
  • 8/10/05, 6p.m. - 8p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, Anaheim, CA


Associated News Releases and Notices

8/1/08

BLM Announces Record of Decision for Truckhaven Geothermal Project

8/1/08

Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area Final Environmental Impact Statement, California

2/1/08

BLM Releases Final EIS for Truckhaven Proposed Geothermal Project

2/1/08

Notice of Availability of Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area Final Environmental Impact Statement, California

2/16/07

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area, California

2/13/07

Public Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project

8/5/05

Public Meeting Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project

8/1/05

Public Meeting Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project
 7/27/05Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Geothermal Leasing for the Truckhaven and Superstition Mountains
 7/18/05Public Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project


Authorization Documents

Record of Decision 1.5Mb

Final EIS
Cover - Chapter 7
Cover, Table of Contents and Executive Summary
1.0 - Purpose and Need
2.0 - Proposed Action and Alternatives
3.0 - Affected Environment
4.0 - Environmental Consequences
5.0 - Consultation and Coordination
6.0 - List of Preparers
7.0 - References; 4.2Mb

Appendix A
Form 3200-24: Offer to Lease and Lease for Geothermal Resources

Appendix B
Geothermal Exploration and Drilling; 1.2Mb

Appendix C
Public Comments on the Draft EIS; 32Mb

Appendix D
MOU Between BLM and CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation; 0.2Mb

Appendix E
Air Quality Emissions Assumptions and Model; 0.2Mb

Draft EIS

Cover - Appendix B
Cover, Table of Contents and Executive Summary
1.0 - Purpose and Need
2.0 - Proposed Action and Alternatives
3.0 - Affected Environment
4.0 - Environmental Consequences
5.0 - Consultation and Coordination
6.0 - List of Preparers
7.0 - References
App A - Form 3200-24: Offer to Lease and Lease for Geothermal Resources
App B - Geothermal Exploration and Drilling; 10.9Mb


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El Centro Field Office
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