Carson City District 2011 Geothermal Leasing Environmental Assessment (DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2010-0020-EA)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District, Stillwater and Sierra Front Field Offices have released an environmental assessment (EA) for public review and comment that evaluates potential leasing of geothermal resources within six areas encompassing approximately 24,134 acres of public land in Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, and Washoe Counties.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to lease some or all of the geothermal resources at sites located in Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, and Washoe Counties. Six parcels located on public land are open to fluid mineral leasing by regulation and cover an area of approximately 24,134 acres.
Developing geothermal resources on public land involves four phases; leasing, exploration, development/operation and close-out. The first phase is to issue a lease. Leasing of geothermal resources confers an implied right to the lessee to explore and or develop the geothermal resource. The act of leasing does not directly result in surface disturbance activities; however ground disturbance would occur during the second phase, exploration, and phase three, development. Phase four, close-out, would involve removing facilities and reclaiming the site. The BLM would require a separate site-specific NEPA analysis for exploration, development/operation, and close-out phases.
The BLM accepted written comments until November 15, 2010.
A link to the EA and associated figures is available in the column to the right.
For more information on proposed geothermal leasing within the BLM-Carson City District, please call: 775-885-6000.