FOR RELEASE: October 23, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-06
GEOTHERMAL LEASING OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house Wednesday, November 7, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, to discuss future geothermal leasing on public and split estate lands in Northeastern Nevada.
“We want to streamline the geothermal leasing process,” said Non-Renewable Resources Manager Kirk Laird. “There is increased interest in Nevada for geothermal exploration and development, and the Administration is emphasizing developing alternative energy sources.”
The purpose of the open house is to give the public an opportunity to get more information about geothermal leasing and to voice any issues and concerns they want analyzed in the Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA). The new Programmatic EA will help to determine how future geothermal leasing is done in the Elko Field Office.
Federal, state and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by BLM’s decision to lease public lands parcels for geothermal exploration and development are invited to participate in the scoping process.
If you have questions or want more information about the Environmental Assessment, the open house, maps of the proposed geothermal leasing areas, to be added to the geothermal mailing list, or if you would like to comment about the EA, please contact Project Leader Jim Lindsay by phone - (775) 753-0200, by email at mailto: James_Lindsay@nv.blm.gov or by mail - 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, 89801.
To ensure public comments are considered while BLM prepares the Programmatic EA, they must be received by November 30, 2007.