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California Desert District
Release Date: 07/28/11
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-57

BLM to Analyze Geothermal Lease Proposals in Inyo County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will analyze three geothermal lease proposals on public lands that are within the Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area (HGLA) in southwestern Inyo County, northwest of Ridgecrest, Calif.

The BLM is currently writing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the HGLA, which includes an estimated 22,040 acres of BLM-managed federal lands.  The EIS will analyze various alternatives in considering whether none, all, or part of the HGLA should be made available for geothermal exploration and development.  In conjunction with this analysis, the BLM will evaluate the three pending lease proposals that total approximately 4,500 acres of federal mineral estate within the area.

The leasing area is east of the Inyo National Forest, west of the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, north of Little Lake, and south of the South Haiwee Reservoir.

As part of the ongoing HGLA analysis first announced in September 2009, issues raised during the public scoping process will be addressed.  The BLM is also evaluating the potential environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed alternatives.  The BLM will use this same EIS and CDCA plan amendment process to evaluate the impacts of the three pending geothermal lease applications.

Following the release of the draft EIS and possible CDCA plan amendment, there will be an opportunity for public comment on the three potential geothermal leases.

For more information contact Peter Godfrey, HGLA Project Manager, California Desert District Office at (951) 697-5385 or email:


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Last updated: 07-29-2011