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Oregon / Washington

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DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021 Midnight Point and Mahogany Geothermal Exploration Projects EA

Prineville

Documents in Project

Finding of No Significant Impact DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA Planning Completed
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) entitled Glass Buttes Geothermal Exploration DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA. This EA was completed in response to operations plans, drilling programs, and geothermal drilling permit applications submitted to the BLM by Ormat Nevada Inc. ("Proponent") in September 2010. The BLM analyzed three alternatives in the EA including the proponent proposed action, briefly described below, one that responded to issues raised during scoping regarding sage-grouse and other wildlife, and a no action alternative.
Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6700
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Resource Area: Prineville DO
Program Areas: Minerals
Download: pdo_fonsi_2011-0021_04172013.pdf
Document Publish Date
04/17/2013
Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA Planning Completed
This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to disclose and analyze the environmental effects of geothermal exploration projects (the Projects) proposed by Ormat Nevada Inc. (the Applicant) in Lake and Harney Counties, Oregon. The proposed Projects would involve the drilling, testing, and monitoring of up to 13 geothermal exploratory wells on public lands (Public Lands project) administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and up to three geothermal exploratory wells on private lands (Private Lands project) located near Glass Buttes, Oregon. The objective of the proposed Projects is to evaluate the potential of the geothermal resources in the Glass Buttes area. Any future exploration and/or development activities that may follow the conclusion of the proposed Projects would require additional permit applications and prior approval from the BLM. Such future actions would also be subject to additional environmental review and decision-making processes.
Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6700
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Resource Area: Prineville DO
Program Areas: Lands/Realty
Download: pdo_ea_2011-0021_04192013.pdf
Document Publish Date
Comment:
04/17/2013
04/17/2013 - 05/19/2013
Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021 Planning Completed
This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to disclose and analyze the environmental effects of geothermal exploration projects (the Projects) proposed by Ormat Nevada Inc. (the Applicant) in Lake and Harney Counties, Oregon. The proposed Projects would involve the drilling, testing, and monitoring of up to 13 geothermal exploratory wells on public lands (Public Lands project) administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BBLM) and up to three geothermal exploratory wells on private lands (Private Lands project) located near Glass Buttes, Oregon (Figure 1-1). The objective of the proposed Projects is to evaluate the potential of the geothermal resources in the Glass Buttes area. Any future exploration and/or development activities that may follow the conclusion of the proposed Projects would require additional permit applications and prior approval from the BLM. Such future actions would also be subject to additional environmental review and decision-making g processes.
Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6700
n/a
Resource Area: Prineville DO
Program Areas: Minerals
Download: 2011-0021-EA_FinalEA_GBGeoEA.pdf
Document Publish Date
07/12/2013
Finding of No Significant Impact,Decision Record DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021 Planning Completed
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) entitled Glass Buttes Geothermal Exploration DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA. This EA was completed in response to operations plans, drilling programs, and geothermal drilling permit applications submitted to the BLM by Ormat Nevada Inc. ("Proponent") in September 2010. The BLM analyzed three alternatives in the EA including the proponent proposed action, briefly described below, one that responded to issues raised during scoping regarding sage-grouse and other wildlife, and a no action alternative.
Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6700
n/a
Resource Area: Prineville DO
Program Areas: Minerals
Download: pdo_fonsi_dr_2011-0021_07122013.pdf
Document Publish Date
07/12/2013
Finding of No Significant Impact,Decision Record DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA Planning Completed
NOTE: These documents are the FONSI and DR that the Burns District Office signed for this project. Based on the analysis documented in the EA and Finding of No Significance (FONSI) the decision is to select Alternative C (EA, pages 2-31 to 2-42) with the exception ofthe extended timing restriction for testing activities from December 1 through March 1.
Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6700
n/a
Resource Area: Prineville DO
Program Areas: Minerals
Download: GlassButtes_Burnes_DR_FINAL.pdf
Document Publish Date
07/10/2013

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