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Public input sought for Comstock geothermal development in Nevada

McGinness Hills geothermal plant, Nevada - not directly related to story (source: flickr/ BLM Nevada, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 19 Dec 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada is seeking public input for the exploration operation plan submitted by Ormat Nevada Inc. for the Comstock geothermal leases in the state.

The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, is seeking public input as it initiates an Environmental Assessment for the Comstock Geothermal Exploration operation plan on geothermal leases submitted by Ormat Nevada Inc. The BLM is also requesting public input under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the project. This includes seeking information and identifying historic properties in or near the project area. The BLM will be analyzing the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects for the proposed exploration operation plan. Public comments will be accepted through January 18, 2020.

The project is located in Churchill County, Nevada, approximately 47 miles northeast of Fallon, Nevada. The proposed Comstock Geothermal Exploration Project would include drilling and testing of up to 10 geothermal wells and access road construction. The project would include approximately 49.2 acres of new disturbance on BLM-administered lands.

For more information contact Dave Schroeder, Environmental Protection Specialist, 5665 Morgan Mill Rd, Carson City, Nevada 89701, 775-885-6000. Comments can also be emailed to blm_nv_ccdowebmail@blm.gov or faxed to 775-885-6147, attn.: Dave Schroeder. If you have any questions about information and identifying historic properties contact Jason Wright at (775) 885-6000 or at the above address.

The BLM invites public comment on the scope of the analysis and issues to consider for the EA. You may submit comments on issues in writing to the BLM using one of the methods outlined above. The map and any related documents are available on-line at: https://go.usa.gov/xpfYH. This project will be available for public review at the Carson City District office during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Privacy notice: before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Source: BLM Nevada