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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 10/01/09
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-01

Additional Public Meeting Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project


An additional public meeting to gather comments on the proposed geothermal exploration and development on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Haiwee area near Ridgecrest in Inyo County has been scheduled for Death Valley. 

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

1) Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m., Boulder Creek RV Resort, 2550 S. Hwy 395, Lone Pine;
2) Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Ea Sierra Fairgrounds, Home Economics Bldg, Bishop;
3) Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30 - 9 p.m., Kerr-McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave, Ridgecrest;
4) Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Office, 900 Indian Village Rd, Death Valley.

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 public process will be considered during preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

Written comments should be submitted by October 16, 2009, to the BLM California Desert District Office, Attn: John Dalton, Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Coordinator, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. 

Total acreage being considered for geothermal leasing is approximately 22,060 acres.

Issues already identified to be analyzed in the EIS include hydrology; 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 socioeconomics, as well as any issues raised during the public process.

For more information contact John Dalton at (951) 697-5311 or email: John_Dalton@ca.blm.gov.  You may also contact Linn Gum, BLM Ridecrest Field Office assistant manager (760) 384-5450 or the BLM California planning and environmental coordinator (916) 978-4427.




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Last updated: 10-01-2009