Bureau of Land Management invites public comment on Bailey Mountain geothermal environmental assessment – St George News


Geothermal power plant, location unknown, November 29, 2010. Photo by Simon courtesy of Pixabay under CCO license, St. George News

CEDAR TOWN — The Bureau of Land Management invites the public to review and comment on an environmental assessment of the Bailey Mountain Geothermal Exploration Project.

Ormat Nevada, Inc. proposes to construct and operate up to 20 geothermal exploration wells in Beaver County, approximately four miles north of Milford. The environmental assessment of the project will be subject to a 30-day public comment period.

“Public input is essential to ensure we consider all potential impacts to the lands, resources and programs we manage,” said Paul Briggs, field manager for BLM Cedar City. “This is just one element of a diverse portfolio of existing and upcoming projects directly related to the administration’s current renewable energy priorities.”

Ormat Nevada, Inc. intends to explore the potential for geothermal power generation which, if discovered, could provide additional sources of reliable renewable energy. The wells proposed for the Project would be located within federal geothermal leases on public lands managed by the BLM and leased by Ormat Nevada, Inc. The area of ​​interest for the Project encompasses approximately 1,885 acres.

Documents and instructions for commenting are available on the BLM e-Planning Website. Those who do not have digital access to the documents but would like to see a copy should call the Cedar City field office, 435-865-3000, Monday through Friday during business hours, excluding holidays. Written comments can be emailed, mailed, or submitted through the BLM ePlanning website. Mention “Bailey Mountain Geothermal” when submitting comments.

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Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comment, please be aware that the entire comment, including personally identifying information, may be made public at any time. Requests to remove personally identifiable information from public scrutiny may be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

The BLM must receive written feedback by March 24, 2022 to be considered. The most useful comments are specific and contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.

For more information, contact Ed Ginouvescedar city field office geologist, at 435-865-3040. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or ask the person above a question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Responses are provided during normal business hours.

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