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

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Prineville DO
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021  FONSI/Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 7/12/2013
Summary: 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.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Minerals
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 7/12/2013
Summary: 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.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Minerals
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA  FONSI/Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 7/10/2013
Summary: 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.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Minerals
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA  Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Publish Date: 4/17/2013
Summary: 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.
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Minerals
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2011-0021-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 4/17/2013
Summary: 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.
Public Review Start Date : 4/17/2013
Public Review End Date : 5/19/2013
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Lands/Realty