U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Immediate Release: August 5, 2005 CA-CDD-05-77
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled two scoping meetings to gather public comments regarding preparation of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the proposed leasing of approximately 16,640 acres of BLM-managed public lands for geothermal exploration and development in the Truckhaven and Superstition Mountain areas located in western Imperial County.
The meetings will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, August 9: Courtyard Room, Sea Port Marina Hotel, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA
BLM staff will present a brief overview of the proposed project. Following the presentation, BLM will accept public comment, which will be recorded by a court reporter. The timeframe of comments will be determined by the number of individuals who register to speak. Comments received throughout the scoping process will be considered during preparation of the EIS.
Written comments or requests to be added to the project mailing list should be submitted by August 31, 2005, to the Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, Attn: John Dalton, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553.
BLM has received 11 geothermal lease applications for public lands within the Truckhaven and Superstition Mountains area in western Imperial County, California. The public lands being considered for geothermal leasing are located in the Truckhaven area in sections 2 and 12 in Township 11 South, Range 9 East, sections 6, 8, 18, 28, 30, 32, 34 in Township 11 South, Range 10 East , in sections 4 and 6 in Township 12 South, Range 10 East, and in the Superstition Mountains in portions of sections 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12,13,14, and 15 in Township 14 South, Range 11 East, San Bernardino and Base Meridian.
The principal issues identified thus far for consideration in the EIS include Native American concerns, cumulative impacts considering existing, proposed, and potential geothermal projects in the area; potential impacts on cultural resources, potential effects on wildlife, potential land use conflicts including recreation; potential visual impacts, and potential impacts on surface water and groundwater resources. The EIS also will address issues such as geology, geothermal resources, vegetation, threatened or endangered species, air quality, noise, transportation, human health and safety, and socio-economics as well as any issues raised during the scoping process.
For more information contact John Dalton at (951) 697-5311 or by email at John_Dalton@ca.blm.gov.