The applicant, Ormat Nevada, Inc., proposes to drill up to 16 exploratory wells, each within a well pad ranging in size from 2 – 4 acres. Each well pad would accommodate a drill rig and other structures related to the operation. Access to each pad would be through existing or new aggregate access roads off of Highway 20. If approved, the applicant would begin work late summer 2013.
BLM is the federal regulatory agency responsible for managing the nation’s geothermal resources, including permitting subsurface exploration. Although three of the proposed wells are on private land, their development is dependent on Federal approval for the other wells; as such they are considered a “connected non-federal action.” The BLM can disclose the effects of the proposed wells on private lands; however, BLM only has the authority to approve, modify, or deny the application for those actions occurring on public lands.
The public is invited to review alternatives and provide input. The Midnight Point and Mahogany Geothermal Exploration Projects, Glass Buttes, Oregon Environmental Assessment is available online under “Documents Currently under Review” at http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/plans/index.php or by requesting a paper copy from the Prineville District Office at (541) 416-6700 or the Burns District Office at (541) 573-4400.
The BLM will accept written comments May 19, 2013 via:
MAIL: 3050 N.E. 3rd St., Prineville, OR 97754
EMAIL: email@example.com (Attn: Glass Buttes Geothermal Project)
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