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California Desert District
Release Date: 03/29/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-11-30

BLM to Analyze Geothermal Lease as part of West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area

The Bureau of Land Management will analyze a geothermal lease proposal in the West Chocolate Mountains area as part of an ongoing analysis of the proposed West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area.

First announced in February 2010, the BLM is analyzing the environmental impacts of making approximately 20,762 acres of land in the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area available for geothermal, solar, and wind energy development. The BLM will use this same Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the impacts of a pending geothermal lease application by Western Geothermal Partners in the planning area.

There will be an opportunity for public comment following the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is forthcoming.

The planning area is located near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, east of Niland and northeast of El Centro, California.  The evaluation area project covers approximately 20,762 acres of BLM-managed public lands bordered by the Imperial/Riverside County line on the north, the Chocolate Mountains Aerial Bombing and Gunnery Range on the east, the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area on the south and the Imperial Valley agricultural belt on the west.

The geothermal lease application covers 640 acres in the northern part of the planning area, near the Imperial County line.

For more information contact Joseph Vieira at (719) 852-6213 or e-mail, or Daniel Steward, BLM El Centro Field Office branch chief (760) 337-4400 or e-mail


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Last updated: 03-29-2011