BLM plans lease sale in Nevada, March 2011

San Emidio geothermal power plant, Nevada/ US (source: US Geothermal)
Alexander Richter 5 Mar 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a geothermal lease sale of 57 (58) leases covering more than 172,000 acres in Nevada in March 2011.

Reported from Nevada, “Federal land managers in Nevada have announced their plans to open up another 320 acres in Elko County to geothermal leasing.

The Bureau of Land Management says in the notice published in the Federal Register on Friday the land in the Mary’s River area first was opened to mining for minerals back in 1958. But at the time, that only included petroleum, gas, asphalt and hydrocarbons. The new order is necessary to allow for exploration of geothermal energy as well.

The BLM hopes to include the parcel of land in a group of March geothermal lease sales along with 57 others covering a total of more than 172,000 acres.

Last year, BLM issued 110 federal geothermal leases on 285,000 acres in Nevada for a total of more than $2.3 million.”

Source: Las Vegas Sun