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Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area Environmental Impact Statement and California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment

The following diagram shows the current progress for this proposed project with links to applicable project-related documents. The colored bar in the center indicates the items that have been completed or are currently underway.


Federal Coordination Process
Record of Decision -  
  - Notice of Availability of Final EIS

  Publication of Final EIS -

  - Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Draft EIS -  
  - Publication of Draft EIS
Notice of Intent -  

Project Description 

Proposed Location: Located betweem Highway 395 and China Lake Naval Weapons Center in Inyo County, California

Technology: Geothermal

Acreage: 22,060

Agency: There are currently three pending non-competitive geothermal lease applications covering about 4,460 acres of BLM-administered public lands in the Haiwee Geothermal Lease Area (HGLA).  The BLM will decide whether or not to amend the CDCA Plan to make all or a portion of the HGLA avaialble to geothermal development.  The BLM will also decide whether or not to issue leases for one or more of these three pending geothermal lease applications.

Status: Public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement have been received, and are being addressed.  The Final Environmental Impact Statement is currently being prepared.

Public Comment: The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement ended August 2, 2012

Public Comments

Public Comments Received updated August 10, 2012

Public Meetings and Hearings

The Bureau of Land Management held public meetings in Lone Pine and Ridgecrest to assist the public in preparing comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area (HGLA) and proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

Public meetings occurred:

June 13, 2012

Boulder Creek RV Resort, 2550 S. Hwy 395, Lone Pine, CA from 6PM - 9PM

June 14, 2012SpringHill Suites, 113 E. Sydnor Ave, Ridgecrest, CA from 6PM - 9PM

More Information

Carl Symons, Field Manager
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA  93555
(760) 384-5400

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 individual during normal business hours.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual.  You will receive a reply during normal business hours.


Chapter 1 - Chapter 7

Appendices A - I
Aerial View
Designated Routes 
Geothermal Resources 
Land Status 
Regional Setting 
Historic Preservation - Section 106
A Citizen's Guide to Section 106
Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Related Links
Notice of Intent
BLM-CA Geothermal Website
Understanding the NEPA Process