Salt Wells Geothermal Drilling EA-NV-030-07-05 (February 2007)
There are four stages of geothermal resource development within a lease: (1) exploration, (2) development, (3) production, and (4) closeout. Each of the four stages under the lease requires separate BLM authorization and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) when ground-disturbing activities are proposed.
As described in Chapter 2, this environmental assessment (EA) addresses the proposed exploration of geothermal resources in the Carson Lake Basin Project LLC (Vulcan Power) Salt Wells lease area (project area), near Fallon, Nevada.
Because the proposed action considered in this EA, exploratory drilling in the project area, requires BLM authorization, it is considered a federal action; therefore, NEPA analysis is required. This EA has been prepared in accordance with the NEPA, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA, and the FLPMA.