Bureau of Land Management accepting comments on parcels for October geothermal lease sale


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Nevada State Office

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RENO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management Nevada is asking the public to review and provide comment on an environmental assessments and unsigned finding of no significant impacts for its October 5, 2021 geothermal lease sale.  The sale includes 32 parcels totaling 83,063.690 acres on the Battle Mountain, Carson City, Elko, Ely and Winnemucca Districts.

32 parcels totaling 83,063.690 acres of federal lands in 8 counties are proposed for lease. The 30-day comment period will run from July 7-August 6. 

This geothermal sale supports President Biden’s goal of creating a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, and to permit at least 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands by 2025. The BLM works hard, and in coordination with experts, to expand development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal where appropriate on public lands. Additionally, the Bureau’s goal is to ensure that its energy portfolio serves the public interest and helps restore balance on America’s public lands for the benefit current and future generations.

Responsible renewable energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease. An additional environmental review will take place during processing of Geothermal Drilling Permits, when site-specific conditions of approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations attached to the lease. 

Public comments must be submitted in writing to the contact listed below.

BLM Battle Mountain District Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820 ATTN: Project Manager Cindy Sundblad. The environmental documents, lists, and maps of the parcels and attached stipulations are online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2014192/510

BLM Carson City/Winnemucca District Office are combined in a single document. The environmental documents, lists, and maps of the parcels, stipulations and comment portal are online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012863/570

BLM Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 ATTN: Project Manager, Harley Gordon or emailed to Harley Gordon at hgordon@blm.gov. The environmental documents, lists, and maps of the parcels and attached stipulations are online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012330/510

BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301 ATTN: Project Manager, Tiera Arbogast or emailed to Tiera Arbogast at tarbogast@blm.gov. The environmental documents, lists, and maps of the parcels and attached stipulations are online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2014380/510

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your public scoping 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. 



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.