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AltaRock Energy/ Davenport Newberry EGS project receives DOE approval

Deschutes National Forest - Oregon (source: flickr/ dougtone, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 8 Sep 2011

AltaRock Energy in partnership with Davenport Newberry receive DOE approval on Sesmicity Mitigation Plan prepared for the Newberry EGS Demonstration.

In a release today “AltaRock Energy, in partnership with Davenport Newberry” announces that, on August 10, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Program announced their written approval of the Induced Seismicity Mitigation Plan (ISMP) prepared for the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal System Demonstration, currently being conducted in the Deschutes National Forest. The purpose of the ISMP is to demonstrate AltaRock’s preparedness for addressing and mitigating potential seismic activity of concern to people at the demonstration site. Because EGS technology makes use of microseismicity to create and monitor reservoir growth, the Department of Energy requires the application of their Protocol for Addressing Induced Seismicity Associated with EGS.

“The Department of Energy’s approval of our Induced Seismicity Mitigation Plan highlights the great level of care and attention we have brought to this issue since the project’s inception,” said Will Osborn, Project Manager for AltaRock. “In our public outreach meetings we’ve received and responded to concerns about water usage and potential seismic activity; approval by the Department of Energy affirms that this project is well-planned and well-executed, and we’re excited to keep the process moving along here in Oregon. We encourage the pubic to review the approved plan available on our web site, and continue to provide comments and questions through our new toll-free information line.”

Source: Company release via PR Web