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Antelope Valley Neset +USFS: Appendix B of ROD; implementation of standard mitigation/conservation measures and best management practices should be completed for the project. RUS: Not identified in ROD Western: Under mitigation measures in the ROD, Western requires its construction contractors to implement standard environmental protection provisions. These provisions are provided in [http://ww2.wapa.gov/sites/western/business/selling/Documents/2013%20Construction%20Standards.pdf Western’s Construction Standards] (see Standard 13 – Environmental Quality Protection).  +
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Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission +BLM Conditions of Approval listed on pages 10-12 of the Record of Decision provided in this Project record. USFS Conditions of Approval listed on pages 3-5 of Record of Decision provided in this Project record.  +
Big Eddy-Knight +BPA will be responsible for the execution of all mitigation measures. All the mitigation measures described in the draft EIS and updated in the final EIS that apply to the East Alternative, Knight Substation Site 1, and the Loop Back Option are adopted. A complete list of these measures the attached Mitigation Action Plan. Also included as part of the Mitigation Action Plan are possible measures to be implemented on DNR lands as negotiated by the Washington Statewide Rights‐of‐Way Memorandum of Agreement or other agreements. The Mitigation Action Plan is provided as part of the ROD and available at: http://efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/Big_Eddy-Knight/pdf/rod-20110916-Big-Eddy-Knight-Transmission-Project.pdf  +
Boardman to Hemingway +Final EIS anticipated release is Summer 2016; no ROD issued yet.  +
Bordertown to California Transmission +Final EIS not yet released; no ROD issued.  +
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Cameron to Milford-138kV Transmission Line +The decision is conditioned on fulfilling applicable environmental commitments described in the Proposed Action of the EA and will be subject to the ROW Grant Terms and Conditions, Special Stipulations, and Plan of Development (POD). Monitoring, as described in the POD pages 14-17, would be conducted to insure compliance with the Decision Record and attached supporting documents. The POD is included in the ROW Grant as Appendix B. Special Stipulations are included in the ROW Grant as Appendix C.  +
Central Ferry Lower Monumental +BPA is responsible for implementation of mitigation measures during development of the project. A Mitigation Action Plan (MAP) was prepared as part of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). All the mitigation measures described in the Draft EIS and updated in the Final EIS have been adopted. The MAP is available for download at: http://efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/Central_Ferry-Lower_Monumental/CentralFerry-LowerMonumental_ROD.pdf  +
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DOE-EA-1621 +The applicant-committed measures identified in the Proposed Action of the EA shall be incorporated and enforceable through the DOE's funding award documents. The measures include obtaining and complying with all required permits and minimizing potential impacts through the implementation of construction and operation Best Management Practices and other identified design features.  +
DOE-EA-1849 +Memorandum of Understanding NOW, THEREFORE, BLM, DOE and SHPO agree that the undertaking shall be implemented in accordance with the following stipulations in order to take into account the effect of the undertaking on historic properties. I. HISTORIC PRESERVATION TREATMENT PLAN A. The cultural resource management (CRM) firm hired by Ormat will meet BLM’s and the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and will complete the recordation and data recovery as outlined in Historic Preservation Treatment Plans, accepted by the BLM in consultation with SHPO. B. BLM will ensure that Ormat provides funds to support a CRM firm and qualified persons in implementation of the treatment plan, including but not limited to, mitigation of archaeological sites, artifact processing, writing a summary report of findings, writing the final report of findings, and curation of artifacts. 1. Ormat shall provide BLM with a letter assuring BLM that Ormat will fund all of the required work stipulated in the approved data recovery/treatment plan. II. NOTICES TO PROCEED A. BLM will provide Ormat with a Notice to Proceed after BLM and SHPO have the opportunity to review the mitigation to ensure compliance with the Historic Properties Treatment Plan, as agreed by SHPO and BLM. To ensure compliance, the following will be carried out: 1. The CRM firm hired by Ormat will provide BLM with a summary of field work after a property has been mitigated according to the Historic Properties Treatment Plan. 2. BLM shall review and approve the summary. 3. BLM shall provide a copy of the summary to SHPO. 4. SHPO shall review the summary. If SHPO does not respond within two working days, BLM can assume concurrence and issue the Notice to Proceed. 5. Ormat shall not begin any ground disturbing activities within the boundaries of any historic property until a Notice to Proceed is issued for the property. 6. Ormat shall be provided with the locations of historic properties listed above to ensure their avoidance until treatment. Ormat shall protect, secure and restrict access to this sensitive information. B. Ormat shall arrange for and fund a CRM firm to monitor on an annual basis the remaining historic properties that have not undergone treatment. If the monitoring reveals that a historic property has experienced damage attributable to Ormat or their contractors, then Ormat shall hire a CRM firm to complete treatment at the damaged historic property to be initiated within the year. III. DURATION This MOA will expire within five (5) years from the date of its execution if all its stipulations are carried out. BLM may consult with all signatories prior to expiration in order to re-examine terms of the MOA, determine if those terms remain acceptable, and renew the MOA for another period of time not to exceed five (5) years. Or, at the time of expiration, and prior to work continuing on the undertaking, BLM shall either (a) execute a MOA pursuant to 36 CFR § 800.6, or (b) request, take into account, and respond to the comments of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) under 36 CFR § 800.7. Prior to such time, BLM may consult with the other signatories to reconsider the terms of the MOA and amend it in accordance with Stipulation VII below. BLM shall notify the signatories as to the course of action it will pursue. IV. POST-REVIEW DISCOVERIES If potential historic properties are discovered or unanticipated effects on historic properties found, BLM shall implement additional treatment according to approved Historic Preservation Treatment Plan(s). Post-review discoveries must be avoided until BLM issues a Notice to Proceed. V. MONITORING AND REPORTING The CRM firm hired by Ormat to implement the treatment plan will provide BLM with progress reports as each phase of the treatment plan is completed. Such report shall include any scheduling changes proposed, any problems encountered, and any disputes and objections received in BLM's efforts to carry out the terms of this MOA. VI. DISPUTE RESOLUTION Should any signatory or concurring party to this MOA object at any time to any actions Proposed or the manner in which the terms of this MOA are implemented, BLM shall consult with such party to resolve the objection. If BLM determines that such objection cannot be resolved, BLM will: A. Disputes Involving BLM and SHPO 1. BLM or SHPO may object to an action proposed or taken by the other pursuant to this agreement. When informal resolution is not effective or satisfactory, the objecting party shall notify the other party in writing of the objection. Within seven (7) calendar days following receipt of notification, the parties shall initiate a formal thirty (30) calendar day consultation period to resolve the objection. If the objection is resolved within this time frame, the parties shall proceed in accordance with the terms of that resolution. 2. If the objection is not resolved within this time frame, and the parties have not agreed to extend the consultation period, the BLM Deputy Preservation Officer (DPO) shall refer the objection to the BLM Preservation Board, which will provide the BLM State Director with its recommendations. If the State Director accepts the Board’s recommendations, the State Director shall promptly notify the SHPO of such acceptance, provide a copy of the Board’s recommendations, and afford SHPO thirty (30) calendar days following receipt of the notification to comment on the recommendations. If SHPO concurs with the Board’s recommendations within this time frame, the State Director and SHPO shall proceed in accordance with the Board’s recommendations to resolve the objection. 3. If either the State Director or SHPO rejects the Board‘s recommendations after a period of consideration not to exceed thirty (30) days, the State Director shall promptly notify the Board in writing of the rejection, and immediately thereafter submit the objection, including copies of all pertinent documentation, to the ACHP for comment. Within thirty (30) calendar days following receipt of any ACHP comments, the State Director shall make a final decision regarding resolution of the objection and in writing notify the Board, SHPO, and the ACHP of that decision. The objection shall thereupon be resolved. In reaching a final decision regarding the objection, the State Director shall take into account any comments received from the Board, SHPO, and ACHP pursuant to this stipulation. B. Disputes by a Member of the Public or a Federally-recognized Indian tribe 1. If a Member of the Public or a Federally-recognized Indian tribe objects at any time in writing to the manner in which this MOA is being implemented, BLM shall consult with the objecting party for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days and, if the objecting party requests, with SHPO, to resolve the objection. If the objecting party and BLM resolve the objection within thirty (30) days, BLM shall proceed in accordance with the terms of that resolution. BLM should inform SHPO of any objections and the outcome of attempts at resolution within ten (10) days after the period of resolution has expired. 2. If the objection cannot be resolved, and if the objecting party has not requested review by the ACHP, the DPO shall refer the objection to the Preservation Board, which will provide the State Director and the objecting party with its recommendations for resolving the objection. If the State Director and the objecting party accept the Preservation Board‘s recommendations, the State Director shall proceed in accordance with these recommendations to resolve the objection. 3. If either the State Director or the objecting party rejects the Preservation Board‘s recommendations for resolving the objection, the State Director shall refer the objection to the ACHP. The State Director shall make a final decision regarding the resolution of the objection and shall in writing notify the Board, the objecting party, SHPO and the ACHP of that decision. The objection shall thereby be resolved. In reaching a final decision regarding the objection, the State Director shall take into account any comments received from the Board, the objecting party, SHPO, and the ACHP pursuant to this paragraph. Any objection filed pursuant to this paragraph shall not prevent BLM from proceeding with project planning; however, project implementation shall be deferred until the objection is resolved pursuant to the terms of this paragraph. C. If objection is sent to the ACHP: 1. The ACHP shall provide BLM with its advice on the resolution of the objection within thirty (30) days of receiving adequate documentation. Prior to reaching a final decision on the dispute, BLM shall prepare a written response that takes into account any timely advice or comments regarding the dispute from the ACHP, signatories and concurring parties, and provide them with a copy of this written response. BLM will then proceed according to its final decision. 2. If the ACHP does not provide its advice regarding the dispute within the thirty (30) day time period; BLM may make a final decision on the dispute and proceed accordingly. Prior to reaching such a final decision, BLM shall prepare a written response that takes into account any timely comments regarding the dispute from the signatories and concurring parties to the MOA, and provide them and the ACHP with a copy of such written response. 3. The BLM's responsibility to continue to carry out all other actions subject to the terms of this MOA that are not the subject of the dispute remain unchanged. VII. AMENDMENTS This MOA may be amended when such an amendment is agreed to in writing by all signatories. The amendment will be effective on the date a copy signed by all of the signatories is filed with the ACHP. VIII. TERMINATION If any signatory to this MOA determines that its terms will not or cannot be carried out, that party shall immediately consult with the other parties to attempt to develop an amendment per Stipulation VII, above. If within thirty (30) days (or another time period agreed to by all signatories) an amendment cannot be reached, any signatory may terminate the MOA upon written notification to the other signatories. Once the MOA is terminated, and prior to work continuing on the undertaking, BLM must either (a) execute an MOA pursuant to 36 CFR § 800.6, or (b) request, take into account, and respond to the comments of the ACHP under 36 CFR § 800.7. BLM shall notify the signatories as to the course of action it will pursue. Execution of this MOA by BLM and SHPO, and the implementation of its terms, evidence that BLM has taken into account the effects of this undertaking on historic properties.  +
DOE-EIS-0298 +Application was denied  +
DOI-BLM-CA-017-05-051 +See stipulations section in the attached FONSI.  +
DOI-BLM-CA-ES-2007-017-3200 +Not applicable.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-063-EA08-091 +See Geothermal Lease Stipulations in Appendix A - (Serial Numbers N-77483, N-74883, N-74861, N-74865, N-74868, and N-74869).  +
DOI-BLM-NV-B010-2011-0015-EA +Ormat would comply with all stipulations that are applicable to the proposed Project operations on the geothermal leases and the transmission line ROWs (see Appendix E). LEASE STIPULATIONS: ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT SECTION& CNOSULTATION STIPULASTION The lease area may now or hereafter contain plants, animals, or their habitats determined to be threatened, endangered, or other special status species. BLM may recommend modifications to exploration and development proposals to further its conservation and management objective to avoid BLM-approved activity that will contribute to a need to list such a species or their habitat. BLM may require modifications to or disapprove proposed activity that is likely to result in jeopardy to the continued existence of a proposed or listed threatened or endangered species or result in the destruction or adverse modifications of a designated or proposed critical habitat. BLM will not approve any ground-disturbing activity that may affect any such species or critical habitat until it completes its obligations under applicable requirements of the Endangered Species Act, 16 USC 1531 et seq., as amended, including completion of any required procedure for conference or consultation. CULTURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION LEASE STIPULATION This lease may be found to contain historic properties or resources protected under the National Historic Preservation Act, American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, EO 13007, or other statues and executive orders. The BLM will not approve any ground-disturbing activities that may affect any such properties or resources until it completes its obligations under applicable requirements of the NHPA and other authorities. The BLM may require exploration or development proposals to be modified t protect such properties, or it may disapprove any activity that is likely to result in adverse effects that could not be successfully avoided, minimized, or mitigated. SAGE GROUSE LEKS STIPULATIONS Operations would avoid active leks (strutting grounds) by 2 miles during strutting season (see Management Guidelines for Sage Grouse and Sagebrush Ecosystems in Nevada, October 2000). Approximate dates: March 1- May 15 TRANSMISSION LINE STIPULATIONS N-88978 STIPULATIONS 1.0 General Stipulations: 1. In case of change of address, the Holder shall immediately notify the BLM Authorized Officer. 2. In the event that the public land underlying the right-of-way (N-88978) encompassed in this grant, or a portion thereof, is conveyed out of Federal ownership and administration of the ROW or the land underlying the ROW is not being reserved to the United States in the patent/deed and/or the ROW is not within a ROW corridor being reserved to the United States in the patent/deed, the United States waives any right it has to administer the right-of-way, or portion thereof, within the conveyed land under Federal laws, statutes, and regulations, including the regulations at 43 CFR Part [2800][2880], including any rights to have the Holder apply to BLM for amendments, modifications, or assignments and for BLM to approve or recognize such amendments, modifications, or assignments. At the time of conveyance, the patentee/grantee, and their successors and assigns, shall succeed to the interests of the United States in all matters relating to the right-of-way, or portion thereof, within the conveyed land and shall be subject to applicable State and local government laws, statutes, and ordinances. After conveyance, any disputes concerning compliance with the use and the terms and conditions of the ROW shall be considered a civil matter between the patentee/grantee and the ROW Holder. 3. This grant is subject to all valid rights existing on the effective date of this grant. 4. Holder shall maintain a copy of this Grant and stipulations and Plan of Development on the construction site at all times. 5. All reports, notices or advisories required under the terms, conditions and stipulations of this Rightof-Way Grant are to be made to the BLM’s Authorized Officer as follows: Field Manager Mount Lewis Field Office, Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain District Office 50 Bastian Rd. Battle Mountain, NV 89820 (775) 635-4000 6. All design, material, and construction, operation, maintenance, and termination practices shall be in accordance with safe and proven engineering practices. 7. The Holder shall conduct all activities associated with the construction, operation, and termination of the right-of-way within the authorized limits of the right-of-way. 8. Roads and Construction sites shall be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times; waste materials shall be disposed of promptly at an appropriate waste disposal site. "Waste" means all discarded matter including, but not limited to: human waste, trash, garbage, vegetation, refuse, oil drums, petroleum products, ashes, and equipment. 9. The Holder shall comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, existing or hereafter enacted or promulgated, with regard to any hazardous material, as defined in this paragraph, that will be used, produced, transported or stored on or within the R/W or any of the R/W facilities, or used in the construction, operation, maintenance or termination of the R/W or any of its facilities. “Hazardous material” means any substance, pollutant, or contaminant that is listed as hazardous underthe Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 43 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., and its regulations. The definition of hazardous substances under CERCLA includes any “hazardous waste” as defined in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq., and its regulations. The term hazardous materials also includes any nuclear or byproduct material as defined by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq. The term does not include petroleum, including crude oil or any fraction thereof that is not otherwise specifically listed or designated as a hazardous substance under CERCLA section 101 (14), 42 U.S.C. 9601 (14), nor does the term include natural gas. 10. The Holder of Right-of-Way N-88978 agrees to indemnify the United States against any liability arising from the release of any hazardous substance or hazardous waste (as these terms are defined in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9601, et. seq. or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.) on the right-of-way (unless the release or threatened release is wholly unrelated to the right-of-way Holder’s activity on the right-of-way). This agreement applies without regard to whether a release is caused by the Holder, its agent, or unrelated third parties. 11. The Holder shall construct, operate, and maintain the facilities, improvements, and structures within this right-of-way in strict conformity with the Plan of Development that accompanied the Application and was approved and made part of the grant. Any relocation, additional construction, or use that is not in accord with the approved plan of development, shall not be initiated without the prior written approval of the Authorized Officer. A copy of the complete right-of-way grant, including all stipulations and approved plan of development, shall be made available on the right-of­way during construction, operation, and termination to the Authorized Officer. Noncompliance with the above will be grounds for immediate temporary suspension of activities if it constitutes a threat to public health and safety or the environment. 12. The Holder shall protect all survey monuments found within the right-of-way. Survey monuments include, but are not limited to, General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Cadastral Survey Corners, reference corners, witness points, U.S. Coastal and Geodetic benchmarks and triangulation stations, military control monuments, and recognizable civil (both public and private) survey monuments. In the event of obliteration or disturbance of any of the above, the Holder shall immediately report the incident, in writing, to the Authorized Officer and the respective installing authority if known. Where General Land Office or Bureau of Land Management right-of-way monuments or references are obliterated during operations, the Holder shall secure the services of a registered land surveyor or a Bureau cadastral surveyor to restore the disturbed monuments and references using surveying procedures found in the Manual of Surveying Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands in the United States, latest edition. The Holder shall record such survey in the appropriate county and send a copy to the Authorized Officer. If the Bureau cadastral surveyors or other Federal surveyors are used to restore the disturbed survey monument, the Holder shall be responsible for the survey cost. 13. Holder shall limit excavation to the areas of construction. No borrow areas for fill material will be permitted on the site. All off-site borrow areas on public lands must be approved in writing by the Authorized Officer in advance of excavation. All waste material resulting from construction or use of the site by Holder shall be removed from the site. All waste disposal sites on public land must be approved in writing by the Authorized Officer in advance of use. 14. The Holder shall mark the exterior boundaries of the right-of-way with a stake and/or lath at 50-foot intervals. The intervals may be varied at the time of staking at the discretion of the Authorized Officer. The tops of the stakes and/or laths will be painted and the laths flagged in a distinctive color as determined by the Holder. The survey station numbers will be marked on the boundary stakes and/or laths at the entrance to and the exit from public land. Holder shall maintain all boundary stakes and/or laths in place until final cleanup and restoration is completed and approved by the Authorized Officer. The stakes and/or laths will then be removed at the direction of the Authorized Officer. 15. Use of pesticides shall comply with the applicable Federal and state laws. Pesticides shall be used only in accordance with their registered uses and within limitations imposed by the Secretary of the Interior. Prior to the use of pesticides, the Holder shall obtain from the Authorized Officer written approval of a plan showing the type and quantity of material to be used, pest(s) to be controlled, method of application, location of storage and disposal of containers, and any other information deemed necessary by the Authorized Officer. Emergency use of pesticides shall be approved in writing by the Authorized Officer prior to such use. 16. During the period of May 1 through October 1 of each year, Holder should consider using spark arresters on vehicles and equipment in the project area, due to the potential for fire ignition from project related activities. This includes emission of hot carbon particles from diesel powered equipment, improperly equipped or poorly operating exhaust systems on gas powered vehicles and direct contact of wildland fuels with catalytic converters. Individuals, groups, businesses or corporations found responsible for the ignition of a wild fire may be held liable for the costs associated with the suppression of that fire. 17. The Holder shall permit free and unrestricted public access to and upon the R/W for all lawful purposes, except for those specific areas designated as restricted by the Authorized Officer to protect the public, wildlife, livestock, or facilities constructed within the R/W. 18. Within 90 days of construction completion, the Holder shall provide the Authorized Officer with data in a format compatible with the Bureau’s Arc-Info Geographic Information System to accurately locate and identify the right-of-way: Acceptable data formats are: •Corrected Global Positioning System files with sub-meter accuracy or better, in UTM NAD 83; Zone 11; •ARCGIS export files on a CD ROM, shapefile, geodatabase. Data may be submitted in any of the following formats: •ARCGIS interchange, shapefile or geodatabase format. •CD ROM in compressed or uncompressed format. 19. The Holder shall comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations existing or thereafter enacted or promulgated. 20. In accordance with Federal regulations in 43 CFR 2807.21 any proposed transfer of any right or interest in the right-of-way grant shall be filed with the BLM Authorized Officer. An application for assignment shall be accompanied by a showing of qualifications of the Assignee. The assignment shall be supported by a stipulation that the Assignee agrees to comply with and to bound by the terms and conditions of the grant to be assigned. No assignment shall be recognized unless and until it is approved in writing by the Authorized Officer. 2.0 Construction Stipulations: 21. The Authorized Officer may suspend or terminate in whole, or in part, any notice to proceed which has been issued when, in his judgment, unforeseen conditions arise which result in the approved terms and conditions being inadequate to protect the public health and safety or to protect the environment. 22. The Holder shall not initiate any construction or other surface disturbing activities on the right-of­way without the prior written authorization of the Authorized Officer. Such authorization shall be a written notice to proceed issued by the Authorized Officer. Any notice to proceed shall authorize construction or use only as therein expressly stated and only for the particular location or use therein described. 23. The Holder shall designate a representative(s) who shall have the authority to act upon and to implement instructions from the Authorized Officer. The Holder’s representative shall be available for communication with the Authorized Officer within a reasonable time when construction or other surface disturbing activities are underway. 24. Holder will hire an independent third-party Compliance Inspection Contractor, approved by the Authorized Officer, to insure compliance with the terms, conditions and stipulations of this Grant, N-88978. All questions or concerns regarding compliance with the terms, conditions, and stipulations of this Grant shall be directed to the BLM Authorized Officer or Project Manager. 25. Overnight parking and storage of equipment and materials, including staging or stockpiling of same, shall be within 1) previously disturbed areas, 2) areas cleared by biologist and 3) areas inventoried and cleared for cultural resources. 26. Holder shall remove only the minimum amount of vegetation necessary for the construction of structures and facilities. Where possible and if needed, topsoil shall be conserved during excavation and reused as cover on disturbed areas to facilitate regrowth of vegetation. 27. The Holder shall be responsible for weed control on disturbed areas within the limits of the rightof-way. The Holder is responsible for consultation with the Authorized Officer and/or local authorities for acceptable weed control methods (within limits imposed in the grant stipulations). 28. Future modifications, construction of improvements, or major maintenance operations involving disturbance of the land, shall not occur until plans for such actions have been submitted and approved in writing by the Authorized Officer. Any proposals involving new surface disturbance shall require a cultural inventory and may require completion of an environmental assessment. 29. The Holder shall prevent any activities which may cause erosion. Where erosion has resulted, the Holder shall re-vegetate and re-habilitate the location. The Holder is responsible for consultation with the Authorized Officer for an acceptable proposal. 30. Ninety days prior to termination of the right-of-way, the Holder shall contact the Authorized Officer to arrange a joint inspection of the right-of-way. This inspection will be held to agree to an acceptable termination (and rehabilitation) plan. This plan shall include, but is not limited to, removal of facilities, drainage structures, or surface material, recontouring, topsoiling, or seeding. The Authorized Officer must approve the plan in writing prior to the Holder’s commencement of any termination activities. 3.0 Wildlife Stipulations: 31. Prior to any planned disturbance in potential migratory bird nesting habitat from March 1 to July 31, (the approximate nesting season), a field survey for migratory birds, their nests, eggs, or young should be performed, in order to prevent violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). If any nests, eggs, or young are found either the project should be delayed until the birds have completed their nesting and brood rearing activities, or the project should be re-designed as to not harm the migratory birds, their nests, eggs, or young. A migratory bird is any species of bird except upland game species, feral pigeons, European starlings, and English house sparrows. Potential migratory bird nesting habitat is any habitat that may provide nesting opportunity for any species of migratory bird. Any violation of the MBTA can incur penalties up to $15,000 or 6 months imprisonment, or both per individual offense. Any questions about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act should be referred to the Reno Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (775) 861­6300, or e-mail at “asknevada@fws.gov”. Refer to Appendices A-D of the Environmental Analysis for further mitigation measures. 4.0 Cultural Stipulations: 32. Any cultural or paleontological resource (historic or prehistoric site or object) or Native American human remains, funerary item, sacred object, or objects of cultural patrimony discovered by the permit Holder, or any person working on their behalf, during the course of activities on Federal land, shall be immediately reported to the Authorized Officer by telephone, with written confirmation. The permit Holder shall suspend all operations in the immediate area of such discovery and protect it until an evaluation of the discovery will be made by the Authorized Officer. For cultural resources other than Native American human remains, funerary item, sacred object, or objects of cultural patrimony, this evaluation will determine the significance of the discovery and what mitigation measures are necessary to allow activities to proceed. The Holder is responsible for the cost of evaluation and mitigation. Any decision on treatment and/or mitigation will be made by the Authorized Officer after consulting with the permit Holder. Operations may resume only upon written authorization to proceed from the Authorized Officer. 5.0 Bonding Stipulations: 33. A Performance and Reclamation bond, in an amount determined by the Authorized Officer, shall be obtained by the holder to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of this instrument. The Authorized Officer will require that the holder submit a Reclamation Cost Estimate for review and to assist the Authorized Officer in determining the bond amount. The Holder shall provide the Authorized Officer proof that a bond in the required amount has been obtained prior to receiving a Notice to Proceed or at such earlier date as may be specified by the Authorized Officer. The amount of the bond will be limited to the anticipated liabilities associated with the activities approved by the Notice to Proceed. If the Notice to Proceed is limited to only an initial phase of development or activity, the bond amount will be limited to that phase or activity. The bond amount would increase with the issuance of a Notice to Proceed for future phases of development or additional activities. The bond must be maintained in effect until removal of improvements and restoration of the right-of-way authorization has been accepted by the Authorized Officer. Acceptable bond instruments include cash, cashier’s or certified check, certificate or book entry deposits, negotiable U.S. Treasury securities (notes, bills, or bonds) equal in value to the bond amount, or surety bonds from the approved list of sureties (U.S. Treasury Circular 570) payable to the Bureau of Land Management. The Authorized Officer will accept an irrevocable letter of credit as an acceptable form of bond. Irrevocable letters of credit must be payable to the Bureau of Land Management and issued by financial institutions that have the authority to issue letters of credit and whose operations are regulated and examined by a federal agency. The Bureau of Land Management will not accept a corporate guarantee as an acceptable form of bond. The Authorized Officer will review the bond on an annual basis to ensure adequacy of the bond amount. The bond will also be reviewed at the time of any assignment, modification, or renewal of this instrument. The Authorized Officer may increase or decrease the bond amount at any time during the term of the right-of-way authorization, consistent with the regulations. 34. The Holder agrees that any bond held as security for Holder's performance of the terms and conditions of this instrument may, upon failure on the Holder's part to fulfill any of the requirements herein set forth or made a part hereof, be retained by the United States to be applied as far as may be needed to the satisfaction of the Holder's obligations assumed hereunder, without prejudice whatsoever to any other rights and remedies of the United States. 35. Should the bond delivered under this instrument become unsatisfactory to the Authorized Officer, the Holder shall, within 30 calendar days of demand, furnish a new bond. In the event of noncompliance with the terms and conditions of this instrument, the BLM will notify the Holder that the surety or other bond instrument is subject to forfeiture and will allow the Holder 15 calendar days to respond before action is taken to forfeit the bond and suspend or terminate the authorization. 36. The Holder shall provide a bond in the amount of $145,950.00 to be maintained until restoration of disturbed areas and other requirements relative to the construction phase of the project have been accepted by the Authorized Officer. Upon completion, or partial completion of these construction related requirements, the Authorized Officer may terminate or reduce the amount of the bond. *As a condition of approval, Ormat would obtain and comply with provisions of a waiver from the Nevada State Water Engineer (Nevada Department of Water Resources) for the use of the Lancaster B well to obtain a maximum of 30.6 acre-feet of water for construction and 13.6 acre-feet for decommissioning and reclamation  +
DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2009-0018-EA +DECISION I approve the drilling project as described in the Proposed Action of EA-NV-030-07-006. This decision is contingent on meeting all geothermal lease stipulations and monitoring requirements listed below and in EA-NV-030-07-006, as well as the Operations Plan and state permits. Due to the subsurface circumstance no Conditions of Approval are attached to this FONSI/Decision Record.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2012-0050-EA +See attached file of Conditions of Approval.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-CO10-2011-0501-EA +May 2012 Gradient Patua II Geothermal Exploration and Utilization Plan CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL (COAs) Term: The term is for two (2) years from the date of approval, but may be extended by BLM. The term is intended to be commensurate with the Nevada NRS 534A.070 Please Note: All lease and/or unit operations will be conducted in such a manner that full compliance is made with applicable laws, regulations (43 CFR parts 3200, 3260 and 3280), lease/agreement terms, Geothermal Resource Orders, Notice to Lessees (NTLs), the Approved Plan of Operation and this permit. A complete copy of the approved application and these conditions shall be maintained on location during all construction and drilling operations. Deviation from the approved plan without prior approval is not allowed. The operator is fully responsible for the actions of his subcontractors. Operators have the responsibility to assure that activities authorized by this permit are conducted in a manner that complies with other applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. Approval of this application does not warrant or certify that the applicant holds legal or equitable title to those rights in the subject lease which would entitle the applicant to conduct operations thereon. Failure to comply with the provisions of this permit, including applicable regulations, stipulations, and/or approval conditions, will be considered a violation, subject to the enforcement provisions of 43 CFR Subpart 3277. Required Notifications 1. The operator and contractor shall contact the BLM, Stillwater Field Office- (775) 885-6115, and the Bureau ofReclamaion-(775) at least 48 hours prior to commencement of access and site construction or reclamation activities. 2. The operator shall contact the BLM PET at least 24 prior to the following operations: Spudding, Running and cementing of all casing strings, and BOP(E) tests. 3. In any emergency situation, after hours authorization may be obtained by a field office authorized officer listed above. Pre-Construction 1. All access roads will be constructed and maintained to BLM road standards (BLM Manual Section 9113) 2. Proposed surface disturbance and vehicular travel will be limited to the approved well location and access route 3. Any changes in well location, facility location and access or site expansion must be approved by the authorized officer in advance. 4. Any changes in well location, facility location, and access or site expansion must be approved by the authorized BLM officer and Reclamation in advance. 5. The underside of all heavy equipment will be cleaned by water before entering federal lands to do work. Driving through or parking on noxious weed infestations will be avoided. Well Pad and Facility Construction 1. A site diagram depicting the location of production facilities, recontoured slopes and stabilization measures shall be approved by an authorized officer prior to installation of production facilities. 2. The design of all facilities, including well pads, roads, pumps, and pipelines, shall be approved by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation prior to construction to avoid unnecessary conflicts with visual resources management objectives. 3. Drainage from the disturbed areas will be confined or directed so that erosion of undisturbed areas is not increased. In addition, no runoff water (including that from roads) will be allowed to flow into intermittent or perennial waterways without first passing through a sediment-trapping mechanism. Erosion control structures may include: waterbars, berms, drainage ditches, sediment ponds, or other devices. 4. Access road construction for exploratory wells should be planned such that a permanent road can later be constructed in the event of field development. 5. Construction of access roads on steep hillsides and near watercourses will be avoided where alternate routes provide adequate access. 6. Access roads requiring construction with cut and fill will be designed to minimize surface disturbance and take into account the character of the landform, natural contours, cut material, depth of cut, where the fill material will be deposited, resource concerns, and visual contrast. 7. To maintain esthetics values, all semi-pennanent and permanent facilities will be painted to blend with the natural surroundings. The Standard Environmental Colors will be used for color selection. 8. As required, fill slopes surrounding culverts will be rip-rapped with a well graded mixture of rock sizes containing no material greater than two feet or smaller than three inches. The ratio of the maximum to minimum dimension of any rock shall not exceed 6:1. 9. Water turnouts needed to provide additional drainage will be constructed not to exceed two percent slope to minimize soil erosion. 10. Well site layout should take into account the character of the topography and landform. Deep vertical cuts and steep long fill slopes should be avoided. All cut and fill slopes should be constructed to the least percent slope practical. 11. Trash will be retained in portable trash cages and hauled to an authorized disposal site for disposal. Burial or burning of trash will not be allowed unless done at an authorized site. 12. No drilling or storage facilities will be allowed within 650 feet of any pond, reservoir, canal, spring or stream. Other protective areas near water may be required to protect riparian habitiat and T&E species. 13. Springs and water developments on public lands may be used only with the prior written approval of the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation and the water rights holder. 14. To maintain esthetics values, all semi-permanent and permanent facilities will be painted to blend with the natural surroundings. The Standard Environmental Colors will be used for color selection. 15. Fences shall not be cut without prior approval of the authorized BLM officer and Reclamation. Before cutting through any fences, the operator shall firmly brace the fence on both sides of the cut; a temporary gate will be installed for use during the course of operations, unless the fence is immediately repaired. Upon completion of operations fences shall be restored to at least their original condition. 16. The depth of surface soil material to be removed and stockpiled will be specified by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation. If topsoil is stockpiled for more than one year, the stockpile shall be seeded or otherwise protected from wind and water erosion. The stockpile shall be marked or segregated to avoid loss or mixing with other subsurface materials. Any trees removed will be separated from soils and stockpiled separately. 17. Mud, separation pits and other containments used during the exploration or operation of the lease for the storage of oil and other hazardous materials shall be adequately fenced, posted or covered. 18. Lessee/operator shall comply with all regulatory requirements for storage and handling of hazardous materials and wastes. 19. If historic or archaeological materials (other than human remains) are uncovered during construction, the operator is to immediately stop work that might further disturb such materials, flag the cultural resource for avoidance, and contact the authorized BLM officer. Within five working days the authorized BLM officer will inform the operator as to: a. whether the materials appear eligible for the National Register of Historic Places; b. the mitigation measures the operator will likely have to undertake before the site can be used (assuming in situ preservation is not necessary); and, c. a time frame for the authorized BLM officer to complete an expedited review under 36 CPR 800.11 or other applicable Programmatic Agreement, to confirm, through the State Historic Preservation Officer, that the findings of the authorized BLM officer are correct and that mitigation is appropriate. 20. If human remains are exposed at any time during the course of the project, work shall cease within 100 meters (330 feet) ofthe find and the remains shall be protected from further damage or exposure. If the remains are on lands managed by the federal government, the BLM must be notified immediately. The BLM will assume responsibility for coordination with local authorities, NSHPO, and appropriate tribes for discoveries on federal land. Local authorities will determine whether the remains are of an unrecorded dead body as defined by Nevada statues (NRS 440.020) and whether the remains are part of a crime scene. If the remains are part of a crime scene, local law enforcement shall assume jurisdiction and responsibility, and NSHPO, BLM and Reclamation for federal lands, will be immediately notified, by telephone or in person. This notification will be followed by a written notification. Work will not resume until authorized by the local authorities. If the remains are Native American, the federal agency will follow the procedures set forth in 43 CPR 10, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. 21. No surface use will be permitted within 0.6 miles of occupied raptor aeries (nests) during the nesting and fledging period. 22. Fences shall be flagged with bright colored flagging at least every rod from visibility to wild horses. All fences should be constructed using green steel posts with white or silver tops to increase visibility. Fences should also avoid obvious horse migration routes (deep trails, stud piles) if at all possible. Hydrologic Monitoring 1. A hydrologic monitoring program would be instituted once exploration activities commence; the details of which are to be site specific and the intensity commensurate with the level of exploration. Monitoring activities would include reporting the number of aquifers encountered, their properties, their quality, and their saturated thickness. This information would be submitted to the BLM SFO in a timely manner. The evaluation program may include the quality, quantity, and temperature of any hot springs or other water resource within the project area. Field Operation 1. Reserve pits and impoundments on well pads containing liquids would be excluded from wildlife access by fencing, netting, or covering at all times when not in active uses, in accordance with the Gold Book standards (BLM and USFS 2007). Escape ramps are required for all reserve pits and impoundments so that wildlife inadvertently entering the pit will be able to climb out. Should wildlife exclusion standards as denoted in the Gold Book not be adequate in preventing an over occurrence of wildlife mortalities, more stringent Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) standards for fencing, netting, bird balls, escape ramps, reservoir slope (4:1 horizontal and 2:1 vertical) and woven mesh wire could be considered. 2. Operations shall be done in a manner which prevents damage, interference, or disruption of water flows and improvements associated with all springs, wells, or impoundments. It is the operator's responsibility to enact the precautions necessary to prevent damage, interference, or disruptions. 3. The operator shall regularly maintain all roads used for access to and within the lease units. A Maintenance and Dust Management Plan may be required. A regular maintenance program may include, but not be limited to: BLM authorized upgrading of existing roads, blading, ditching, culvert, drainage installation, and graveling or capping of the roadbed. 4. Management actions within riparian areas will be designed to maintain or, where possible, improve riparian habitat condition. 5. The operator shall not use Bureau of Reclamation operation and maintenance roads for lease related activities without prior written approval from the Bureau of Reclamation. 6. Noxious weeds which may be introduced due to soil disturbance and reclamation will be treated by methods to be approved by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation. These methods may include biological, mechanical, or chemical. Should chemical methods be approved, the lessee must submit a Pesticide Use Proposal to the authorized BLM officer and Reclamation 60 days prior to the planned application date. 7. All drill rig and well test facility lights will be limited to those required to safely conduct the operations, and will be shielded and/or directed in a manner which focuses direct light to the immediate work area. 8. If previously unrecorded cultural resources are encountered during grading or other surface-disturbing activities, all grading or other surface-disturbing activities at the location of the discovery will cease within I 00 meters/330 feet of the discovery, and the BLM and Reclamation would be notified. No surface disturbing activities will be allowed until the BLM authorized officer in consultation with Reclamation issues a Notice to Proceed (NTP) based upon the evaluation, mitigation, as necessary, and the acceptance of a summary description of the fieldwork performed for the discovery situation. 9. Petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, helicopter fuel, crankcase oil, lubricants, and cleaning solvents used to fuel, lubricate, and clean vehicles and equipment will be containerized in approved containers. 10. Hazardous material shall be properly stored in separate containers to prevent mixing, drainage or accidents. Hazardous materials shall not be drained onto the ground or into streams or drainage areas. 11. Totally enclosed containment shall be provided for all solid construction waste including trash, garbage, petroleum products and related litter will be removed to an authorized sanitary landfill approved for the disposal of these classes of waste. 12. All construction, operation, and maintenance activities shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding the use of hazardous substances and the protection of air and water quality. 13. In construction areas where recontouring is not required, vegetation will be left in place wherever possible and the original contour will be maintained to avoid excessive root damage and allow for resprouting. 14. Watering facilities (e.g., tanks, developed springs, water lines, wells, etc.) will be repaired or replaced if they are damaged or destroyed by construction activities to its predisturbed condition as required by the authorized BLM officer and Reclamation. Drilling Operation Drilling Plan- The drilling plan of the Geothermal Drilling Permit will be supplemented as follows: I. If Hydrogen Sulfide is encountered well must be shut-in until measured amounts are determined and these must be reported to the BLM. 2. The operator shall obtain and maintain all necessary State of Nevada and local permits applicable to the drilling of this well. 3. For Air/Aerated drilling operations, the following equipment shall be utilized: banjo box (or equivalent); a staked down blooie line directed to a blooie pit a minimum of 100ft.downwind of the wellhead . 4. Daily drilling and completion progress reports shall be submitted to the Nevada State Office Petroleum Engineer (PE) on a weekly basis, and shall include both daily mud reports and directional survey data. Casing Pressure Control: 1. The results of the BOPE test shall be reported to the Nevada State Office Petroleum Engineer PE or PET. 2. All tests are required to be recorded on a calibrated test chart/graph and submitted to the Nevada State Office Petroleum Engineer PE or PET. Reclamation and Abandonment 1. The operator or contractor will contact the authorized BLM officer and Reclamation 48 hours prior to reclamation work. 2. Restoration work may not begin on the well site until the reserve pits are completely dry. 3. Disturbed areas will be recontoured to blend as nearly as possible with the natural topography prior to revegetation with a BLM and Reclamation approved seed mix. This includes removing all berms and refilling all cuts. Compacted portions of the pad will be ripped to a depth of 12 inches unless in solid rock. 4. Site preparation for reclamation may include contour furrowing, terracing, and reduction of steep cut and fill slopes, installation of water bars, etc. 5. All portions of the access roads not needed for other uses as determined by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation will be reclaimed. 6. The stockpiled topsoil will be spread evenly over the disturbed area. 7. The operator will be required to construct waterbars and re-open drainages on abandoned access roads and pipeline routes to minimize erosion as required. Water bars will be spaced appropriately dependant upon topography and slope. Pipeline routes shall be water-barred perpendicular to the fall-line of the slope. 8. The area is considered to be satisfactorily reclaimed when all disturbed areas have been recontoured to blend with the natural topography, erosion stabilized and an acceptable vegetative cover has been established. 9. Rehabilitation shall be planned on the sites ofboth producing and abandoned wells. The entire site or portion thereof not required for the continued operation of the well should be restored as nearly as practical to its original condition. Final grading of back-filled and cut slopes will be done to prevent erosion and encourage establishment of vegetation. 10. When sites are abandoned, they will be inventoried for the presence of noxious weeds and treated if noxious weeds are present. 11. Seed and mulch used to reclaim disturbed areas must be certified weed free. The seed mix will be developed by an experienced botanist in conjunction with BLM in coordination with Reclamation. Mulching of the seedbed following seeding will be required under certain conditions (i.e., expected severe erosion), as determined by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation. 12. Seed will be broadcast between October 1 and December 31 using a site-specific seed mixture and depth of planting as determined by the authorized BLM officer in consultation with Reclamation. Seed may be applied with a rangeland drill at half the rate of broadcast seeding. All seeding application rates will be in pounds of pure live seed per acre. Seed should be adapted varieties.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2012-0057-EA +CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL 1. This approval is contingent upon the lessee/operator being in receipt of and in compliance with all appropriate federal, state, and local permits. 2. When cultural or paleontological resources, including but not limited to historic ruins, prehistoric artifacts and fossils, are discovered in the performance of the permit, the resources shall be left intact and immediately brought to the attention of the BLM authorized officer. 3. Pursuant 43 CFR 10.4(g) the holder of this authorization must notify the authorized officer, by telephone, with written confirmation, immediately upon the discovery of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony (as defined at 43 CFR 10.20). Further, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.4(c) and (d), the lessee/operator shall immediately stop all activities in the vicinity of the discovery and protect it for 30 days or until notified to proceed by the BLM authorized officer. 4. No hazardous materials shall be used during any phase of the operations unless prior approval has been obtained from the BLM authorized officer. All onsite drilling materials and chemicals shall be properly stored to ensure the prevention of spills. No chromate or other heavy metals or environmentally harmful additives will be used. 5. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids shall be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well. 6. If any chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, and/or noxious fluids are spilled during drilling, testing, and completion operations, they shall be cleaned up immediately. The lessee/operator shall have absorbent on site for spill containment. After clean up, the chemicals, fuels, oil, lubricants and/or noxious fluids and any contaminated material shall be removed from the drill site and disposed of at an approved disposal facility. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids would be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well. 7. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all costs associated with any releases of chemicals and/or subsurface fluids resulting from their operations and practices. 8. Material Safety Data Sheets for all drilling mud components are to be provided to the Hazmat coordinator at the Winnemucca Field Office. 9. The reserve pit shall be fenced on three sides during drilling. Upon completion of the drilling operation, when the site is unoccupied, the fourth side shall also be fenced until the liquid has evaporated out of the reserve pit. 10. Portable chemical toilets shall be used for human waste. The human waste shall not be buried on site. 11. All equipment and machinery shall be equipped with spark arresters and mufflers. 12. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all suppression costs for any fire resulting from their operations and practices. 13. Trash and other debris shall be contained onsite and then hauled to an approved landfill. Burial and/or burning onsite shall not be permitted. 14. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for controlling all noxious weeds and other undesirable invading plant species in the disturbed operating and reclaimed area until the revegetation activities have been determined to be successful and accepted by the BLM authorized officer. The lessee/operator shall obtain approval from the BLM authorized officer for any application of herbicide, and the request must include descriptions of the types and quantities. Unless certified weed free seed is procured for the reclamation of this project, all seed shall be tested for purity, noxious, poisonous and or prohibited plant species, and the test results submitted to and approved by the BLM authorized officer. 15. When the production and observation wells are successfully completed, all well head and surface production equipment and facilities shall be painted a color that blends with the natural surroundings. The authorized officer shall be contacted and BLM Winnemucca Field Office staff consulted prior to the selection of the color. 16. Once the wells are successfully completed, the drill pad shall be reduced in size to only that necessary for production, injection, testing, working over, re-entering, or observation operations. 17. If a completed well will be sitting idle for more than a year, the site shall be scarified and seeded with the BLM recommended seed mix. 18. Upon abandonment of the geothermal wells, the following shall be done: a. The wells shall be plugged to comply with all Federal and State of Nevada regulations. b. All reclamation of disturbed areas shall be completed within one year from the date of proper plugging and abandonment of the well. Any constructed roads, drill pads and reserve pits shall be recontoured to original grade, salvaged topsoil spread on the disturbed area and the site scarified. The disturbed area shall be seeded by hand broadcasting or drilling with the BLM recommended seed mixture. The BLM Winnemucca Field Office shall be notified in writing when reclamation operations commence and are completed.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-W030-2010-0006-EA +Newly established fences associated with project should be flagged to minimize wildlife collisions.  +
DOI-BLM-NV-WO10-2014-0002-CX +Conditions of Approval Ormat Nevada, Inc. Baltazor Geothermal Exploration Case File No. N92450 CX No. DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2014-0002-CX • Drilling at site 57-13 will be authorized from 10/01 – 07/31. No activity will be authorized at site 57-13 from 08/1 to 09/30 which is the known flight season for the Bleached Sandhill Skipper. • Pre and post drilling photos of all sites selected for drilling must be taken and submitted to BLM and the Reno Office of USFWS. • Prior to any surface disturbing activities, a special status plant survey is required for site 57-13 for Pueblo Valley Peppercress. Surveys must be conducted in May or June for Pueblo Valley Peppercress If a special status plant is located, a protective buffer will be delineated in consultation with the authorized officer. • In order to avoid potential impacts to breeding migratory birds, a nest survey shall be conducted by a qualified biologist within potential breeding habitat prior to any surface disturbance proposed during the avian breeding season (March 1st through August 31st). Surveys must be conducted no more than 10 days and no less than 3 days prior to initiation of disturbance. Surveys must follow established BLM standards and protocols. If active nests are located, the BLM biologist must be notified immediately and appropriate protection measures which may include avoidance or restriction of activities will be established. If no active nests are present in the area surveyed, implementation of the project should commence within 10 days of survey completion. Standard Terms and Conditions Ormat Nevada, Inc. Baltazor Geothermal Exploration Case File No. N92450 CX No. DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2014-0002-CX • The operator will obtain permission from right-of-way holders prior to entry within authorized limits of the rights-of-way. • Existing routes and trails will be used to the maximum extent possible. Attempts to traverse irregular, soft, or steep slopes and terrain by vehicles and equipment shall be kept to a minimum to avoid excessive rutting, soil erosion, excessive crushing of vegetation, and excessive visual impacts. • Vehicular travel shall be suspended when ground conditions are wet enough to cause rutting or other noticeable surface deformation and severe compaction. As a general rule, if vehicles or other project equipment create ruts in excess of four inches deep when traveling cross-country over wet soils, the soil shall be deemed too wet for vehicular use. • The staging area(s) shall be kept clean and free of litter. Appropriate human waste facilities will be provided and properly maintained. Such waste facilities shall be removed from the site upon completion of the project. • Roads will not be constructed for geophysical projects authorized under a categorical exclusion. • Operators of vehicles and equipment shall be responsible for not damaging fences and keeping gates as found. As a last resort, should a fence be cut for access, that fence must be repaired to former or better condition, after equipment has passed through. Any and all tire tracks within two hundred feet (200') from an established asphalt, dirt, or two track road situated on public lands will be hand raked to blend into the surrounding soil surface. • If soil is disturbed to the extent that erosion is likely or visual impacts are readily apparent, the disturbed areas will be rehabilitated utilizing the following techniques: Ruts and vehicle tracks will be filled with soil and/or obliterated by either hand raking or similar method. When completing this work, care will be taken to minimize disturbance to surrounding lands that have not been disturbed. All areas where rehabilitation work is accomplished will be reseeded with the seed mixtures specified below:  +
DOI-BLM-OR-P040-0021-EA +Reclamation of the disturbed areas, as described earlier in this document, would be completed in order to return these areas to the condition required in the drilling permit Conditions of Approval.  +
Devers Palo Verde No 2 +An amended ROW grant was issued to Southern California Edison (SCE) by BLM for a term of 30 years with a right of renewal so long as the holder is complying with the lease/grant and applicable laws and regulations. The ROW grant will allow SCE the right to use, occupy, and develop the described public lands to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 500 kV transmission line, substation, telecommunications system, and associated facilities. The special use easement will be issued to SCE by the FS for a term of 50 years. The special use easement does not provide for renewal; however a new easement may be issued at the end of the term at the discretion of the authorized officer. The special use easement will authorize SCE to occupy and use National Forest System lands for electric transmission lines and associated facilities. The ROW grant is conditioned on implementation of mitigation measures and monitoring programs as identified in the Final EIR/EIS, the Biological Opinion (BO) issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on January 11, 2011, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 Programmatic Agreement (PA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Conditions of Certification, and the issuance of all necessary local, state, and federal approvals, authorizations, and permits.  +
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EA-NV-030-05-08 +Stipulations: 1. Prior to issuance of the right-of-way grant for the 230 kV power line (Southern Transmission Line), Nevada Geothermal Specialists, LLC shall provide a complete plan of development to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as indicated in their right-of-way application submitted to the Carson City Field Office on January 18, 2005. Construction activities shall not be permitted until the right-of-way grant is issued. 2. Well drilling and road maintenance operations may begin immediately upon issuance of this Decision. 3. All eligible prehistoric resources will be avoided by this project. Three sites are within the APE: CrNV 03-228, CrNV 03-1278, and CrNV 03-6099. The following provisions are to ensure avoidance of these three sites: As the pipelines split around sites CrNV 03-1278 and CrNV 03-6099, the access roads will be required to be on the opposite side of the pipelines from the site locations. Consequently, the pipeline will be between the access roads and the sites; thereby precluding any vehicle traffic from inadvertently damaging these properties. 4. NGS/AMP Resources (Salt Wells), LLC shall provide funding not to exceed $5,000 for the construction of a historic marker/interpretive panel on the Salt Wells Geothermal project site as determined by BLM and the State Historic Preservation Office. 5. Effects to the setting of the Fort Churchill and Sand Springs Toll Road will also be mitigated through paint color for the power plant and pipelines (in consultation with BLM) and through wood poles and non-reflective wire for the transmission line.  +
ED5 PVH +Project applicant will implement resource protection measures as identified in EA.  +
Eldorado Ivanpah Transmission Project +The decision is conditioned on implementation of mitigation measures and monitoring programs as identified in the Final EIS, the Biological Opinion (BO) issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Programmatic Agreement (PA) signed by the California and Nevada State Historic Preservation Officers, and the issuance of all necessary local, state, and federal approvals, authorizations and permits.  +