Ormat files for approval on exploration work on Oregon project
Ormat Nevada files for BLM authorization of drilling, testing and monitoring geothermal exploration wells on private and BLM-managed lands in Harney and Lake counties near Glass Buttes.
Reported locally, the local BLM office in the Prineville District, BLM is requesting public input on a proposed project that would authorize the drilling, testing and monitoring geothermal exploratory wells on private and BLM-managed lands in Harney and Lake counties near Glass Buttes.
The area is south of Highway 20; 70 miles southeast of Bend and 50 miles northwest of Burns. If approved, the project would evaluate the potential of geothermal resources in the area.
The applicant, Ormat Nevada, Inc., proposes to drill up to 16 exploratory wells, each within a well pad ranging in size from 2-4 acres.
Each well pad would accommodate a drill rig and other structures related to the operation. Access to each pad would be through existing or new aggregate access roads off of Highway 20. If approved, the applicant would begin work late this summer.
BLM is the federal regulatory agency responsible for managing the nation’s geothermal resources, including permitting subsurface exploration.
Although three of the proposed wells are on private land, BLM officials say their development is dependent on federal approval for the other wells; as such they are considered a “connected non-federal action.”
The BLM can disclose the effects of the proposed wells on private lands; however, BLM only has the authority to approve, modify, or deny the application for those actions occurring on public lands.