Progammatic Environmental Impact Statement for Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States

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Lead Agency
U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Document Title
Progammatic Environmental Impact Statement for Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States
Document Type
EIS - Draft EIS

Document Description
NOTE: Co-Lead Agencies: U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Under the Proposed Action, the BLM and FS have identified approximately 117 million acres of BLM administered public lands and 75 million acres of NFS lands as open to geothermal leasing subject to existing laws, regulations, formal orders, stipulations attached to the lease form, and terms and conditions of the standard lease form. To protect special resource values, the BLM and FS have developed a comprehensive list of stipulations, best management practices, and procedures. The BLM is proposing to amend 122 land use plans to adopt the allocations and the appropriate stipulations, and the FS would use the PEIS to facilitate subsequent consent decisions for any leasing on NFS lands. An alternative to the proposed action limits the lands available for geothermal leasing to those that are in close proximity to existing transmission lines or those under development. The no action alternative would allow the processing of pending geothermal lease applications; however, they would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and would require additional environmental review.

Contact Information
Jack Peterson
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service
Lead/Public Agency
BLM Idaho State Office 1387 South Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83706

Phone : (208) 373-4048


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Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT) California Energy Commission California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Department of General Services (DGS) Department of Water Resources Office of Emergency Services, California Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality

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