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

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Bureau of Land Management (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
OTH - Other Document

Document Description
The Proposed Action, the BLM and FS have identified ~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
BLM Idaho State Office 1387 South Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83706

Phone : (208) 373-4048


Other Location Info
Programmatic EIS

Notice of Completion

Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Economics/Jobs Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Recreation/Parks Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Toxic/Hazardous Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, Division of Transportation Planning Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Headquarters Department of General Services Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Emergency Services, California Resources Agency State Lands Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
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