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BLM seeks comment on Tungsten Mtn. geothermal project
by Tribune Staff
Feb 22, 2012 | 678 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print


CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office, is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Exploration Project proposed by Ormat Technologies Inc., in Edwards Creek Valley, Churchill County, about 36 miles west of Austin, Nev. The BLM will accept public comments on the EA through close of business on Feb. 28.

The proposed geothermal exploration project consists of approximately 4,880 acres of public lands. Ormat would limit geothermal exploration activities to a smaller area (referred to as the project area) within the lease area. The project area is approximately 610 acres. The EA analyzes potential impacts from the proposed exploration and testing activities proposed by Ormat. The primary objective of the project is to further evaluate the characteristics of the geothermal resources in the Tungsten Mountain Project Area.

The proposed activities include:

• Stiller Field Office, NevadaConstruction of a new access roads.

• Upgrading existing access roads and mineral material pits.

• Construction of up to 27 well pads.

• Drilling exploration, temperature gradient and observation wells.

• Two water supply wells.

• Production wells may be drilled if commercial potential is present.

• A total of 27 geothermal wells and one or more water supply wells at one or more drill sites

The EA is available online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa.html. Written comments should be addressed to: Steve “Chip” Kramer, Planning & Environmental Coordinator, BLM-Stillwater Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to skramer@blm.gov.

For more information, please Steve Kramer at 885-6005.

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