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This flowchart illustrates the geothermal exploration process in Colorado.
As a matter of policy, all geothermal exploration, well construction, flow testing, production and reinjection mustbe conducted in a manner that will:
:a. afford reasonable protection for human life and health and for the environment;
:b. contain underground fluids to the reservoirs in which they occur with the exception of the producing reservoir; and,
:c. prevent the waste of the geothermal resource.
([http://water.state.co.us/DWRIPub/Documents/geothermalrules.pdf#page=7 Geothermal Rules, Rule 5.1])
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==4-CO-a.1 - Is the Project on State Land Board Land?==
Before any activity can take place on State Land Board-administered land, the developer must obtain a geothermal exploration lease from the [[Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners]]. This lease can cover activities up to and including deep
exploration test wells.
On private land the scheduling of activities is primarily controlled by the land owner and permitting required by local authorities.
([http://geosurvey.state.co.us/about/awardsrecognition/Documents/Morgan_Text_Figures_Table.pdf Geothermal Regulations in Colorado])
==4-CO-a.2 - Initiate Geothermal Exploration Lease Process==
<span class="btn btn-rapid btn-state">[[RAPID/Roadmap/3-CO-a|Geothermal Lease: <br>3-CO-a]]</span>
==4-CO-a.3 - Will Activity be Pre-Drilling Exploration or Exploration Drilling?==
All well drilling associated with geothermal exploration and development requires permits from the Colorado Division of Water Resources. These permits and water use are the only regulatory activities that are the same on all types of land. ([http://geosurvey.state.co.us/about/awardsrecognition/Documents/Morgan_Text_Figures_Table.pdf Geothermal Regulations in Colorado]).
Pre-drilling exploration includes all exploration activity short of drilling wells, e.g., seismic, soil samples, mapping, etc.
==4-CO-a.4 - Initiate Drilling and Well Development Process==
<span class="btn btn-rapid btn-state">[[RAPID/Roadmap/5-CO-a|Drilling and Well Development: <br>5-CO-a]]</span>
==4-CO-a.5 - Check with Landowner/Local Authorities; Continue with Project==
Private, non-drilling exploration activities will be permitted at the local level.
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Line Capacity Under 200 kVLine Capacity Exceeds 50 kVWithin NIETCCAISO GridExempt Per GO 131 D III B 1Not Exempt From CEQAPUC CertificationProject Under GO 131 D II B 2
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