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BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310, NV-020-08-01
Applicant Nevada Geothermal Power +
BLM LeaseNumber NVN-077668 + , NVN-080159 + , NVN-058196 + , NVN-080086 +
CompletionNotes 8/2: Data reviewed for completion  +
EnergyTechnology Geothermal energy  +
EnvironmentalAnalysisType EA +
ExplorationTechnique Downhole Techniques + , Well Testing Techniques + , Drilling Techniques + , Development Drilling +
FundingAgency United States Department of Energy +
GeothermalArea Blue Mountain Geothermal Area +
GeothermalDevelopmentPhases Geothermal/Power Plant +
LeadAgency Bureau of Land Management +
ManagingDistrictOffice BLM Winnemucca District Office +
ManagingFieldOffice BLM Humboldt River Field Office +
MineralManager Bureau of Land Management +
NEPA-Name Blue Mountain Geothermal Well Field and Power Plant EA  +
NEPA Application Type POO  + , POU  + , POD  + , ROW  +
NEPA Completion Notes 8/2: Data reviewed for completion  +
NEPA Consultant Environmental Management Associates +
NEPA Decision Media:BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310 EA DR and FONSI.pdf +
NEPA DecisionDocumentDate December 18, 2007  +
NEPA FONSI Media:BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310 EA DR and FONSI.pdf +
NEPA FinalEA-EISDate December 18, 2007  +
NEPA FundingAgencyDocNumber DOE/EA-1746  +
NEPA LeadAgencyDocNumber BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310, NV-020-08-01  +
NEPA OtherDocuments Media:Blue Mtn Appendix A WFO geo lease stips.pdf + , Media:Blue Mountain AppendixC orig.pdf + , Media:ROW Appendix D V02 (with cover).pdf +
NEPA Proposed Action NGP is proposing a geothermal development
NGP is proposing a geothermal development project which includes the construction and operation of power generation facilities, geothermal fluid production and injection well pads and wells, access roads, geothermal fluid pipelines, groundwater production wells, an electrical transmission line and switching station, and support facilities. NGP submitted an application (N-82701) and Plan of Development (PoD) to the BLM Winnemucca Field Office (WFO), for approval of a right-of-way (ROW) for those portions of the transmission line located on public lands managed by the BLM. SPPCo submitted an application (N-83479) to the BLM WFO for approval of a ROW for the electrical switching station to be built at the point of interconnection of the NGP transmission line with the existing SPPCo transmission line. An Operations Plan was submitted for approval to drill and test geothermal wells proposed on public land (within federal geothermal lease NVN-58196) which would be used for the project. A Utilization Plan was submitted for approval of utilization facilities proposed on public land to be used for the project. Geothermal Drilling Permits (GDPs) will be submitted for downhole casing and cementing engineering approval for each well as the project progresses.
l for each well as the project progresses.  +
NEPA Resource Analysis - Present, Potentially Affected Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Migratory Birds + , Geothermal/Wastes Hazardous or Solid + , Geothermal/Water Quality + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Range Resources + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Water Quantity + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Special Status Species + , Geothermal/Fire Resources +
NEPA Resource Applicant Mitigation Water would be applied to the ground durin
Water would be applied to the ground during the construction and utilization of the drill pads, access roads, and other disturbed areas as necessary to control dust. NGP would comply with any requirements prescribed by the NDEP-BAPC. NGP also proposes to water the ground to control dust during construction.
round to control dust during construction.  +
, Any areas containing cultural resources of
Any areas containing cultural resources of significance would be avoided, or the potential for impacts mitigated in a manner acceptable to the BLM Archaeologist. NGP employees, contractors, and suppliers would be reminded that all cultural resources are protected and if uncovered shall be left in place and reported to the NGP representative and/or their supervisor.
GP representative and/or their supervisor.  +
, To prevent the spread of invasive, nonnative species, vehicles and equipment would be power washed, including body and undercarriage, prior to entering public lands managed by the BLM.  + , Prior to drilling any new temporary water
Prior to drilling any new temporary water wells, all necessary permits will be obtained from the State Water Engineer at the Division of Water Resources and forwarded to the BLM Winnemucca Field Office. Geothermal fluids would not be discharged to the ground under normal operating conditions. Accidental discharges of geothermal fluids are unlikely because of frequent inspections, ultrasonic testing of the pipeline, flow and pressure monitoring and well pump and pipeline valve shutdown features.
pump and pipeline valve shutdown features.  +
, Cut and fill activities have been minimize
Cut and fill activities have been minimized through the selection of the power plant site and pipeline routes. Off-site storm water would be intercepted in ditches and channeled to energy dissipaters as necessary to minimize erosion around the power plant. To minimize erosion from storm water runoff, access roads would be maintained consistent with the best management practices for road construction applicable to development roads. BLM best management practices for storm water would be followed, as applicable, on public lands.
followed, as applicable, on public lands.  +
, Following project construction, areas of disturbed land no longer required for operations would be reclaimed to promote the reestablishment of native plant and wildlife habitat.  + , The power plant, pipelines, wellheads, pum
The power plant, pipelines, wellheads, pump motors and motor control buildings would each be painted an appropriate color to blend with the area and minimize visibility. The fence constructed around each of the production well sites and the power plant site would also be painted an appropriate color to blend with the area.
appropriate color to blend with the area.  +
, Prior to drilling any new temporary water wells, all necessary permits will be obtained from the State Water Engineer at the Division of Water Resources and forwarded to the BLM Winnemucca Field Office.  + , All construction and operating equipment w
All construction and operating equipment would be equipped with applicable exhaust spark arresters. Fire extinguishers would be available on the active sites. Water that is used for construction and dust control would be available for fire fighting. Personnel would be allowed to smoke only in designated areas, and they would be required to follow applicable BLM regulations regarding smoking.
licable BLM regulations regarding smoking.  +
, Construction noise would be minimized through practices which avoid or minimize actions which may typically generate greater noise levels, or generate distinctive impact noise.  +
NEPA Resource Comment The proposed project is not located in or near any ACECs (BLM WFO 2002).  + , There are no environmental justice issues associated with the project (BLM WFO 2002).  + , The proposed project is not located in any FEMA-designated floodplains.  + , The proposed project is not located in or near any prime or unique farmlands (BLM WFO 2002).  + , There is no riparian habitat within the geothermal operations area or along the transmission line corridor (Covert 2007)  + , The proposed project is not located in or near any wild and scenic rivers (BLM WFO 2002).  + , The proposed project is not in or adjacent to any wilderness area (BLM WFO 2002).  + , The proposed project is not located in or near any fisheries.  + , No social values would be affected by the project.  +
NEPA Resource Imposed Mitigation *For a period of three years following th
*For a period of three years following the commencement of construction, project sites shall be inventoried by the lessee for the presence of invasive, nonnative species. Inventory data shall be reported to the BLM WFO project Lead within one week of receipt by the lessee. The area shall be treated with BLM certified pesticides following BLM approval of a pesticide use proposal if species are present. *Following the three year period, periodic inventory for the presence of invasive nonnative species would be performed at project sites, with treatment occurring as necessary. The periodic inventory and treatment would occur for as long as the lessee is present at the site. *All trucks (excluding pick-up trucks) and construction equipment should be washed to remove soil and plant parts. A central washing facility would be provided for this purpose at a location either in Winnemucca or at a facility approved by the authorized officer. The washing station should not be placed within 150 feet of any body of water or ditch line, nor where the wash water can flow downslope.
where the wash water can flow downslope.   +
, Initial ground disturbing activities would
Initial ground disturbing activities would not be conducted during the migratory bird nesting season (March through July) unless necessary, and then only after inventories for migratory birds and nests were conducted by a qualified biologist acceptable to the BLM. This survey would be conducted to identify either breeding adult birds or nest sites within the specific areas to be disturbed. If active nests are present within these areas to be disturbed, NGP would coordinate with the authorized officer to develop appropriate protection measures for these sites, which may include avoidance, construction constraints, and/or the establishment of buffers.
ints, and/or the establishment of buffers.  +
, *Absorbent pads or sheets would be placed
*Absorbent pads or sheets would be placed under likely spill sources. *The hazardous material spill and disposal contingency plan will be submitted to and approved by BLM and made readily available onsite before operations begin. *The length of time which geothermal fluid, storm water runoff or other liquids are temporarily stored in any reserve pit would be minimized. Use of reserve pits is limited to the active drilling and testing operations. Fluids from flow testing would only be produced in accordance with permits and plans. The larger reserve pit constructed adjacent to well 26A-14 would be treated with bentonite to minimize the infiltration of geothermal fluids into the shallow ground water aquifer. The fluid level in the larger reserve pit would be monitored daily during initial testing to verify the treatment. The results of the monitoring would be reported to the BLM.
monitoring would be reported to the BLM.   +
, *The quality of selected ground water wel
*The quality of selected ground water wells would continue to be monitored to determine if the injection of geothermal fluids may be impacting the levels of geothermal fluid components in the produced waters. Ground water wells to be monitored would include some of those within the unit area with high total dissolved solids, as well as other existing or new ground water wells close to the geothermal operations area. Final design and implementation of the ground water quality monitoring program would occur before the commencement of geothermal production and injection operations. *In the case negative affects (increasing levels of geothermal fluid components) are recorded by the monitoring program, NGP would work with the BLM, NDOM, NDEP and the Nevada State Water Engineer to adjust geothermal fluid production or injection to remove or minimize negative affects to ground water wells or the geothermal resource. *NGP would also monitor produced geothermal fluids, and within 30 days of NGP’s receipt of produced water analytical laboratory result(s), the BLM would be provided with a copy of the laboratory result(s). A map or written description of the sample collection point(s) would accompany the result(s).
n point(s) would accompany the result(s).   +
, Unoccupied disturbed areas shall be seeded
Unoccupied disturbed areas shall be seeded by the applicant as directed by the BLM Winnemucca Field Office using the following native seed mixture and application rate. Any variance in the mix would be coordinated first with the BLM Winnemucca Field Office.
irst with the BLM Winnemucca Field Office.  +
, *All drill rig and well test facility lig
*All drill rig and well test facility lights would be limited to those required to safely conduct the operations, and would be shielded and/or directed in a manner which focuses direct light to the immediate work area. *Permanent project facilities within the geothermal operations area would be limited to those required to safely conduct the operations, and would be shielded and/or directed in a manner which focuses direct light to the immediate work area. *Permanent project facilities within the geothermal operations area would be painted a color, subject to approval by the authorized officer, which would blend with the landscape. Prior to painting, NGP would contact the Winnemucca Field Office project lead. *The average spacing of 300-660 feet between transmission line pole structures would be increased to the maximum extent possible where the transmission lines cross the visually sensitive trails/roads. *The switching station at the south end of the ROW would be painted a color, subject to approval by the authorized officer, which would blend with the landscape. Prior to painting, NGP would contact the Winnemucca Field Office project lead.
the Winnemucca Field Office project lead.   +
, The depth to ground water in selected grou
The depth to ground water in selected ground water wells would continue to be monitored to determine if the shallow ground water production program may be lowering the groundwater table. Ground water wells to be monitored would include existing or new ground water wells both close to and farther away from the geothermal operations area. Final design and implementation of the ground water level monitoring program would occur before the commencement of geothermal production and injection operations.
ermal production and injection operations.  +
NEPA Resources Geothermal/Air Quality + , Areas of Critical Environmental Concern + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Floodplains + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Migratory Birds + , Geothermal/Native American Concerns + , Geothermal/Prime or Unique Farmlands + , Geothermal/Threatened and Endangered Species + , Geothermal/Wastes Hazardous or Solid + , Geothermal/Water Quality + , Geothermal/Wetlands and Riparian Zones + , Geothermal/Wild and Scenic Rivers + , Geothermal/Wilderness + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Fisheries Resources + , Geothermal/Range Resources + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Social Values + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Water Quantity + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Special Status Species + , Geothermal/Fire Resources + , Geothermal/Noise +
NEPA ScopingInitiatedDate December 3, 2006  +
NEPA SerialNumber NV-020-08-01  +
Name BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310, NV-020-08-01  +
OpenEI/PageDescription : NEPA document related to geothermal resource areas   +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Geothermal  + , Blue Mountain Geothermal Area  +
Place Nevada: Energy Resources +
ProposedAction NGP is proposing a geothermal development
NGP is proposing a geothermal development project which includes the construction and operation of power generation facilities, geothermal fluid production and injection well pads and wells, access roads, geothermal fluid pipelines, groundwater production wells, an electrical transmission line and switching station, and support facilities. NGP submitted an application (N-82701) and Plan of Development (PoD) to the BLM Winnemucca Field Office (WFO), for approval of a right-of-way (ROW) for those portions of the transmission line located on public lands managed by the BLM. SPPCo submitted an application (N-83479) to the BLM WFO for approval of a ROW for the electrical switching station to be built at the point of interconnection of the NGP transmission line with the existing SPPCo transmission line. An Operations Plan was submitted for approval to drill and test geothermal wells proposed on public land (within federal geothermal lease NVN-58196) which would be used for the project. A Utilization Plan was submitted for approval of utilization facilities proposed on public land to be used for the project. Geothermal Drilling Permits (GDPs) will be submitted for downhole casing and cementing engineering approval for each well as the project progresses.
l for each well as the project progresses.  +
SurfaceManager Bureau of Land Management +
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