The BLM has the delegated authority for leasing public lands — including U.S. Forest Service lands — with geothermal potential in 11 Western states and Alaska. The public, usually industry representatives, nominates the lands they wish to lease. If the lands are found to be suitable and leasing is in compliance with the Resource Management Plan for the area, the lands are offered competitively in a lease sale auction.
Just as with oil and gas leases, those not sold during a competitive action are available noncompetitively.
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