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BLM Nevada seeks comments for public lands nominated for geothermal leasing

Carson City, Nevada (source: flickr/ ScottSchrantz, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 29 Jul 2020

The Bureau of Land Management for the State of Nevada has issued a call for comments on the the planned leasing of public lands for geothermal development in the district of Carson City.

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, Nevada office is seeking public review of a Determination of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Adequacy (DNA) for 11 parcels of public land nominated for lease in the October 20, 2020 Competitive Online Geothermal Lease Sale. These parcels have the potential for future geothermal exploration and development. Four of the parcels (12,492 acres) are lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in Lyon and Mineral Counties. The BLM has received concurrence from the USFS to offer these parcels for lease with the stipulations developed through their environmental review process and provided with their concurrence letter. The remaining seven parcels (12,108 acres) are within the area administered by the Carson City District Office.

The DNA, titled DOI-BLM-NV-C010-00230-DNA, can be viewed on the BLM NEPA Register website, using Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox, at https://go.usa.gov/xfUZt. Comments can be submitted online at the NEPA Register site; mailed to Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road., Carson City. NV 89701; or emailed to: BLM_NV_CCDOwebmail@blm.gov. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. PST, August 17, 2020.

Geothermal leases are for an initial 10-year period with 50 percent of the funds disbursed to the state, 25 percent to the respective county, and 25 percent remaining in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Bureau of Land Management manages public lands for many uses, including sustainable energy development.

In addition, each lease, if issued, contains standard stipulations to protect endangered species and cultural resources and ensures that development is safe and environmentally responsible. After parcels are leased, lessees must submit site-specific proposals for additional in-depth analysis before energy development can begin. BLM Nevada partners with the Nevada Division of Minerals, tribal governments, and private industry to develop other geothermal resources.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or questions. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. For more information, contact Dave Schroeder, Environmental Protection Specialist, Carson City District Office, at (775) 885-6000 or d1schroeder@blm.gov

Source: BLM Nevada