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Release Date: 03/12/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, 719-269-8553    

BLM Seeks Input on Geothermal Leasing Environmental Assessment (03-13-12)

MONTE VISTA, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management’s San Luis Valley Field Office is seeking public input on a preliminary environmental assessment for geothermal energy leasing in the San Luis Valley.

The EA identifies public lands with the potential for geothermal development and provides a list of the stipulations to be applied to any future leases. When completed, the EA will amend the 1991 BLM San Luis Valley Resource Area Management Plan, tiering it to BLM’s 2008 Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

To date, the BLM has not received any lease nominations for the San Luis Valley.

The SLFVO is hosting two open house meetings to hear from the public and share information:
• Tuesday, March 20, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Saguache County Road and Bridge Building, 305 Third Street, Saguache.
• Wednesday, March 21, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Adams State College (McDaniel Hall Room 101), First Street and Richardson Ave., Alamosa.

The public is invited to comment at the open house or in writing.

Comments must be received by April 10, 2012, and may be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management (Attn. Joe Vieira), 1803 West Hwy 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144 or e-mailed to Be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available. BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to withhold any personal information.

In 2008, the BLM completed the Geothermal Leasing PEIS, which amended 114 RMP's across the western United States. The PEIS updated BLM’s energy leasing procedures to make lands available for geothermal energy leasing while protecting the land for future generations. Although the San Luis Resource Area was analyzed, the BLM did not include the area in its 2008 decision, so in 2010 BLM began a local analysis to understand the issues and concerns related to geothermal energy leasing in the Valley.

For more information log on to: or call Joe Vieira, BLM Project Manager at 719-852-6213. 

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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  1803 West Highway 160      Monte Vista, CO 81144  

Last updated: 03-12-2012