Oregon State Geothermal Lease (3-OR-a)
State Geothermal Lease Process
3-OR-a.1 - Has the environmental process been completed?
Under OAR 141-075-0035(2), "an environmental impact assessment which documents the factors considered by the applicant in his formulation of the geothermal project for which a state lease is required" will be required before the lease can be granted. The environmental assessment is used to determine appropriate conditions to include in the lease.
3-OR-a.2 - Environmental Review Process
Oregon does not have comprehensive environmental statutes. The environmental studies required under OAR 141-075-0035 satisfy the geothermal leasing requirements.
A part of the environmental review will likely take into consideration potential impacts on the coast.
The Coastal Management Program staff at Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development also participate in various local and state permit reviews for projects proposed in Oregon's coastal zone. In some cases, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development is reviewing a federal action concurrent with the local or state permits. But Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development also reviews various local and state permits as a commenting agency only; i.e., the department participates as an interested party but does not make any regulatory decision.
3-OR-a.3 - Is there a high probability of geothermal resource development?
Under OAR 141-075-0520, a Designated Geothermal Resources Areas (DGRA) may be established "upon a finding that a high probability of geothermal resource development exists." If there is a high probability of geothermal resource development, the Oregon Department of State Lands is most likely to use the competitive geothermal leasing process. Otherwise, the noncompetitive leasing process will be utilized.
3-OR-a.4 - Noncompetitive Geothermal Lease
3-OR-a.5 - Competitive Geothermal Lease
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