Planned drilling for Truckhaven geothermal project to undergo environmental assessment

Salton Sea and the SouthernValley, California (source: flickr/ Doc Searls, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 28 Oct 2019

The California Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input for the environmental assessment of planned drilling of up to four wells of the Truckhaven geothermal project in the Salton Sea, California.

In a release, the Bureau of Land Management in California has announced that it is seeking public input on the Environmental Assessment for the drilling of up to four geothermal exploration wells within the Truckhaven Leasing Area and the northeast edge of the Ocotillo Wells Special Recreation Management Area, for the purpose of identifying a viable geothermal resource.

“We are excited about the geothermal potential within the Truckhaven area and are working closely with the applicant to maintain access to the recreational opportunities found within the Ocotillo Wells area,” El Centro Field Office Acting Field Manager Ryan Chatterton said.

Geothermal energy development diversifies the nation’s overall energy portfolio, reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and advances the Administration’s policy of developing domestic energy resources. Geothermal energy is an important energy resource that generates electricity with minimal carbon emissions.

The BLM manages more geothermal energy production in California than in any other state. The BLM in California hosts 11 geothermal power plants, including The Geysers in Lake, Colusa, and Sonoma counties; Ormesa in Imperial County; and Casa Diablo in Mono County. Ongoing rent and royalties from current operations in California generate $7.85 million per year and an estimated 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

The Environmental Assessment for the Orni 5 LLC project is available for a 30-day public review through ePlanning, or by visiting the El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro CA 92243. The public can also mail comments to the same address as listed above with ATTN: Carrie Sahagun, BLM Assistant Field Manager.

For more information, contact Carrie Sahagun, BLM Assistant Field Manager, at 760-337-4437 or via email at

Source: BLM California