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Carson City District
Release Date: 05/24/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CDO 2012-31

BLM Approves Patua II Geothermal Exploration and Utilization Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has approved the Patua II Geothermal Exploration and Utilization Project proposed by Gradient Resources, Inc. The proposed geothermal exploration project is located just east of Fernley, Nev., and is approximately 15 miles west of Fallon, Nev.

The proposed project and associated access roads are on lands managed by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation. The EA analyzes potential impacts from the proposed exploration and utilization activities proposed by Gradient. The primary objective of the project is to further evaluate the characteristics of the geothermal resources in the Patua II Project area and develop a geothermal power plant. The proposed activities include:

• Constructing new access roads
• Upgrading existing access roads
• Constructing up to 19 well pads
• Drilling and completing slim wells and/or exploration wells, flow testing exploration wells to determine commercial potential
• Constructing a new nominal 60 megawatt net power plant

Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at:

For further information please contact Ed Klimasauskas, Project Lead, at 775-885-6115.

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.

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