U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Carson City District
|Release Date: 07/11/12|
|News Release No. CCDO 2012-41|
BLM Seeking Comments on Geothermal Exploration and Development Project
Carson City – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze potential impacts that may result from geothermal exploration and development within the Ormat Nevada, Incorporated (Ormat) Wild Rose Geothermal Project. The analyses will also include the construction and operation of an associated transmission line to bring electricity to market. The project is located in Gabbs Valley approximately 17 miles west of Gabbs, Nev., in Mineral County. The public is invited to comment on the plan through August 11, 2012.
The proposed action includes the following four components:
This EA analyzes the potential impacts from these activities, specifically, the proposed drilling and testing of four additional exploration wells, the proposed construction and operation of a geothermal power plant; drilling, testing, and operation of 18 geothermal production and injection wells; conversion of exploration wells to production or injection wells; construction and operation of pipelines to carry geothermal fluid between well fields and the power plant; and construction of a 120-kilovolt generation-tie and associated structures.
Exploration and development activities would be contained within two of the four federal geothermal leases of the Dead Horse Wells Geothermal Unit. Three transmission line generation-tie options are also analyzed in this EA, all of which would occur completely on BLM-administered lands.
Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa.html.
Public comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commenters will be available for public review at the Carson City District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For further information please contact Angelica Rose at 775-885-6008.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Carson City District 5665 Morgan Mill Road Carson City, NV 89701
|Last updated: 07-16-2012|
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