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Winnemucca District
Release Date: 11/13/13
Contacts: Mark Turney , 775-623-1500 ,
News Release No. WDO 2014-003

San Emidio North Geothermal Plant Project Public Comment Period

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Black Rock Field Office is seeking public input as it initiates an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the US Geothermal Nevada LLC (USGN) San Emidio Geothermal Energy North Plant Project. Comments will be used to help identify potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, issues and concerns. 

USGN is proposing to construct a new geothermal power plant on BLM land that would include:

• Up to eight wells
• Two high efficiency heat exchangers
• An air cooling system and
• A nine megawatt generator

Support facilities would include:

• A control building, pump control modules
• Geothermal pipelines and
• A power transmission line

The project is located along the east side of the San Emidio desert approximately 12 miles south of Empire, Washoe County, Nevada. The total area of surface disturbance including new road access would be approximately 20 acres. 

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposal within 30 calendar days. The comment period begins on November 12, 2013 and will end at 4:30 pm (PST) on December 12, 2013. Please send written comments to Jim Weiser, Attn: San Emidio North Geothermal Plant Project EA, BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca NV 89445-2921. 

Comments may also be submitted by email to: Email messages should reference “San Emidio North Geothermal Plant Project EA (Weiser)” on the subject line. 

A map of the proposed San Emidio North Geothermal Plant Project and a copy of the Dear Interested Party Letter can be viewed online at:

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Hall or Jim Weiser at (775) 623-1500 or at the above address. 

Public comments submitted regarding this proposal, including names and addresses of commenters will be available for public review during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personnel identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public review, BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses available for public disclosure in their entirety.

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.

Winnemucca District   5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd      Winnemucca, NV 89445  

Last updated: 04-20-2015