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NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0516-EA Status:  Decision and Appeal
Project Name:  Environmental Assessment, Ormat Technologies, Inc., Dixie Meadows Geothermal Exploration Project Decision Date:  01/17/2012
EIS OEPC #:  FONSI Date:  01/17/2012
Applicant:  Ormat Technologies, Inc.    
Case File Number/:
Project Number 
DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0516    
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Project Description:
Ormat proposes to evaluate the geothermal resources that potentially exist within the Lease Area by constructing up to 20 well pads and drilling one of each of the three different types of geothermal exploration wells on each pad: temperature gradient wells, observation wells, and production wells. A total of 60 geothermal exploration wells may be drilled as part of the proposed Action. Ormat also proposes to construct new gravel access roads and utilize and repair existing roads for access to the Project Area. Gravel would be obtained from an existing mineral material site that Ormat would expand and from a new mineral material site Ormat would construct. Ormat proposes to drill up to two groundwater wells on one or two of the proposed well pads or at the proposed new gravel source area. Ormat would install an above-ground water distribution pipeline between the groundwater wells and well pads actively being drilled. The pipeline would be located along the sides of the proposed roads and on well pads, and would not require surface disturbance. Ormat would also construct or install the necessary ancillary facilities in support of the drilling activities, including a temporary pesonnel "camp" for active drilling crews. The entire Project Area would not be disturbed; instead, only the areas where the existing and proposed gravel sources would be expanded or constructed and those areas ultimately developed with a well pad and associated access roads would be disturbed. Drilling operations would be conducted in accordance with BLM and Nevada Divison of Minerals regulations and permit requirements. The Project Asrea is approximately 970 acres in size and consists of a 20-acre-block centered on each proposed well pad location, a10-acre area at the existing and proposed mineral material sites and a 400-foot-wide corridor centered on all proposed access roads.
Project Location:
The lease Area is located in Dixie Valley, approximately 75 miles northeast of Fallon, in Churchill County, Nevada. The lease Area consists of appropximately 22,021 acres of public land collectively formed by eight individual federal geothermal leases held by Ormat. Primary access to the Lease Area would be east from Fallon for approximately 40 highway miles on U.S. Highway 50, then north about 35 highway miles on Dixie Valley Road, and then through the existing road network. MDM, NV legal Descriptions are: T. 22N., R.35E. sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35, 36; T. 22 N., R. 36 E., sec. 5,6,7,8; T. 23N., R. 35E., sec. 27; T. 23N., R.36E., sec. 4, 15, 16, 17, 19, 30, 31.
 
Project Lead:  Carla James    
Phone Number:  (775) 885-6131    
Email Address:     
Office(s):  Stillwater FO Lead Office:  Stillwater FO
Counties:  Churchill    
 
Program(s):  Administrative Designations
Air Quality
Cultural Resources
Fish and Wildlife
Geothermal
Healthy Forest Initiative - Forestry
Land and Realty
Livestock Grazing
Minerals
Recreation and Visitor Services
Special Status Species
Visual Resources
Water Quality
Wild Horse and Burros
Special Interest(s): 
Cooperating Agencies:     
 

NEPA Document

FONSI

Decision Record

Interested Party Letter


Map Set Name Publication Date  
Ormat Dixie MeadowsGeothermal Exploration Project Maps 07/27/2011  
     

Document Name Publication Date  
EA Appendix B 10/25/2011  
EA Appendix A 10/25/2011  
     

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