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The [[Bureau of Land Management]] (BLM) entered into a [http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/minerals/geothermal.Par.6372.File.dat/MOU%20NDOM%20BLM%202006.pdf memorandum of understanding] (MOU) with the State of Nevada, Division of Minerals in 2006. The purpose of the MOU is to "provide coordination for oil and gas and geothermal...operations and inspections, by eliminating duplication of effort and maximizing human and fiscal resources."
BLM specialists will meet with the developer, and if the site is on [[USFS]] lands, with the FS specialists, to discuss the likely level of NEPA review, relevant environmental issues, and identify information needed for environmental analysis for projects. Two weeks prior to the scheduled Pre-Planning Meetings, offices will require proponents to submit the following information:
* Topographic maps at the appropriate scale outlining the lease area and proposed project area (if different);
* A topographic map at 1:24,000 scale for Native American Consultation Letters;
* Shape files and metadata associated with map data;
* A general description of the types of activities being proposed; and
* The proposed timeline for these projects (particularly for Department of Energy funded projects with deadlines).
The BLM Project Lead will review and coordinate with the Field Office (FO)/District Office (DO) geothermal team, and if the site is on FS lands, with the appropriate FS office staff, to further review and bring forth resource conflicts and constraints prior to the meeting and determine what archeological inventories and environmental surveys are required for the proposed project. The developer, consultant, contractors, and BLM should attend the Pre-planning Meeting and other Federal, state and local agencies are encouraged to attend.
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==5-FD-b.1 - Pre-Application Materials==
Pre-Application materials include a general description, map, and timeline of the proposed project. An Operations Plan describes access to the well location(s), size of the drilling pad(s), environmental mitigation measures, etc. The operator has two options for submitting the Operations Plan. The operator may submit the Operations Plan:
# As part of the GDP application (see below).
# By itself, prior to their GDP application, by using a Sundry Notice ([[National Environmental Policy Act | NEPA]] analysis and approval required before starting surface operations (see [[Title 43 CFR 3261 Drilling Operations: Getting a Permit|43 CFR 3261]] - Drilling Operations: Getting a Permit)). This will allow the operator to begin the [[National Environmental Policy Act | NEPA]] approval process earlier and begin surface preparations while the rest of the GDP application is being prepared.
A Geothermal Drilling Permit (GDP) ([[Bureau of Land Management - E-Forms | Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002)]]) is necessary when a geothermal developer submits an application that involves drilling into, testing or developing production, observation, and injection wells. The GDP application requires a drilling plan that describes how drilling and testing will be conducted, including expected lithology, temperatures, pressures, mud and pressure control program, etc. A GDP is required for each individual well, however multiple GDPs can be submitted as a master development plan and approved under one [[National Environmental Policy Act | NEPA]] document.
==5-FD-b.2 - Review Pre-Application Materials for Completeness==
[[BLM]] will review the pre-application materials and notify the applicant whether or not it is complete. It will also be reviewed to ensure compliance with the requirements of [[Title 43 CFR 3200 Geothermal Resource Leasing|43 CFR 3200.4(b)]] If another federal agency manages the surface of the lease, [[BLM]] will consult with the agency before approval of a drilling permit.
[[BLM]] will review the GDP and drilling program or the Sundry Notice for well pad construction, to ensure they conform to the Operations Plan and any mitigation measures developed during the review process. [[BLM]] will check the drilling permit and drilling program for technical adequacy and may require additional information. If further information is required to complete the review, BLM will contact the developer in writing and suspend review until the necessary information is received.
==5-FD-b.3 - Notify Applicant of Completeness==
[[BLM]] will notify the developer of determination that application is complete within 14 days of receipt of such application. The developer will also be told of any conditions necessary for approval.
==5-FD-b.4 - Is the Application Complete?==
If the pre-application is not complete, the developer will have the opportunity to correct any deficiencies and/or provide any necessary additional information.
==5-FD-b.5 - Review Pre-Application Material==
;Surface Management Agency Review
After [[BLM]] has determined that the application is complete, the Surface Management Agency (e.g. [[USFS]]) will review the pre-application material and make recommendations for resource and environmental protection and mitigation.
==5-FD-b.6 - Pre-Application Coordination Meeting==
The information provided during this meeting should provide the basis for initiating the Native American consultation process, archaeological clearances, and necessary environmental surveys, so the GDPs, when they are submitted, may be processed within the provided time frame guidelines.
==5-FD-b.7 - Conduct On-Site Evaluation==
The onsite inspection will be conducted with the operator to further
identify site-specific resource protection concerns and requirements. Prior to, or in conjunction with, the onsite inspection, the surface management
agency will advise the operator if any special inventories
or studies are required, such as for cultural resources or threatened and endangered species.
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==5-FD-b.8 - Drilling Permit Application==
At the completion of the pre-application process, the geothermal developer must submit the completed application to the appropriate BLM field office.
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'''Geothermal Drilling Permit''': [[Bureau of Land Management - E-Forms | Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002)]];
'''Sundry Notice''': [[Bureau of Land Management - E-Forms | Sundry Notice (Form 3260-003)]];
BLM [http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/oil_and_gas/best_management_practices/split_estate.html Split Estate Policy];
BLM [http://www.blm.gov/noc/st/en/business/eForms.html Forms Central];
BLM Geothermal [http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/minerals/leasable_minerals/geothermal0/geothermal_guidance.html Guidance Documents];
BLM Instruction [http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/bmps.Par.0090.File.dat/im2003-131SplitEstate.pdf IM 2003-131 Split Estate] Memorandum;
BLM Instruction [http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy/oil_and_gas.Par.77081.File.dat/IM2007-165_Split_Estate_Leasing_and_Planning.doc IM 2007-021 Split Estate Leasing and Planning] Memorandum;
BLM/FS MOU for Leasing and Permitting - [http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/minerals/geothermal.Par.82960.File.dat/BLM_MOU_WO_300-2006-08.pdf WO300-2006-08];
Oil and Gas [http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/oil_and_gas/best_management_practices/gold_book.html Gold Book];
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[[Energy Policy Act of 2005]];
[[Geothermal Steam Act of 1970]];
[[Title 43 CFR 3261 Drilling Operations: Getting a Permit|43 CFR 3261]]: Drilling Operations, Getting A Permit;
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Capacity Exceeds 20 MWCapacity Under 20 MWCapacity Is 50 MWCapacity Exceeds 50 MWCapacity Under 100 MWPUC Certification
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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
Assessment CompletedImpact SignificantImpact Likely SignificantAnalysis Impacts AdverseAnalysis Impacts Not AdverseNo Best Interests FindingNo Categorical ExclusionNo Determination Of NEPA AdequacyPrior State AnalysisNo Prior State AnalysisProcess Not Complete For DrillingExtraordinary Circumstances
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