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DOI-BLM-CA-ES-2007-017-3200
ApprovalConditions Not applicable.  +
CompletionNotes 8/2: Available data entered. 8/27/2013: This is a leasing EA. Leasing EAs are not to be included in the NEPA database. Please delete. - Andrew Gentile.  +
EnergyTechnology Geothermal energy  +
EnvironmentalAnalysisType EIS +
GeothermalArea Truckhaven Geothermal Area +
GeothermalDevelopmentPhases Geothermal/Leasing +
LeadAgency Bureau of Land Management +
ManagingDistrictOffice BLM California Desert District Office +
NEPA-Name Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area  +
NEPA Completion Notes 8/2: Available data entered. 8/27/2013: This is a leasing EA. Leasing EAs are not to be included in the NEPA database. Please delete. - Andrew Gentile.  +
NEPA Consultant ASM Affliates + , Epsilon Systems Solutions + , GeothermEx + , Burro Canyon Enterprises +
NEPA DecisionDocumentDate October 1, 2007  +
NEPA LeadAgencyDocNumber BLM-CA-ES-2007-017-3200  +
NEPA Proposed Action This Final Environmental Impact Statement
This Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts on the natural and human environment that could result from the proposed leasing of Federal geothermal resources in the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area. The EIS considers approximately 14,731 acres of United States Department of the Interior (USDI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-managed public lands in the area known as the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area, located in western Imperial County, California (Figure 1-1). The minerals are managed by the BLM El Centro Field Office. Issuance of geothermal leases could have indirect impacts because such leasing represents a commitment of resources, and it is reasonably expected that subsequent exploration, development, production, and closeout activities would occur. Therefore, the Final EIS presents a broad scope analysis of the potential indirect and cumulative impacts from geothermal leasing.
umulative impacts from geothermal leasing.  +
NEPA Resource Analysis - Present, Potentially Affected Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Special Status Species + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Paleontological Resources + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Wastes Hazardous or Solid + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Access and Transportation +
NEPA Resource Comment Impacts under the action alternatives would be near term impacts from construction activity. Long-term effects would be beneficial due to decreased emissions.  + , Impacts under the action alternatives would be near term impacts from construction activity. Long-term effects would be negligible  + , Impacts under the action alternatives would be near term impacts from construction activity. Long-term effects would be negligible. EGS is not anticipated at Truckhaven.  + , Impacts under the action alternatives would be near term impacts from construction activity. Long-term effects would be negligible.  + , The risk associated with potential impacts to surface water hydrology would be negligible. The risk associated with potential impacts to groundwater quality or quantity is low.  + , Depending on the concentration and extent of contamination, the growth and distribution of vegetation communities may be inhibited  + , Although specific habitat loss would impact wildlife use, species would be not impacted regardless of their habitat types. Fish populations in the nearby Salton Sea would not be impacted by the proposed development.  + , Drilling and construction would not have any direct impact on the six listed plant species located in the vicinity of the leasing area, but could disturb potential habitat.  + , The geothermal development can be expected to impact a variety of cultural resources. From the research conducted as part of this document, it is likely that the proposed development would impact cultural resources associated with Ancient Lake Cahuilla.  + , Microfossils, shells, and plant fragments can be expected within the proposed lease area. Therefore, impacts to potential fossil localities can be expected.  + , All land-disturbing activities directly af
All land-disturbing activities directly affect the visual resource. Visual impacts would occur from road and power plant construction, transmission lines, and steam from the power plants. However, since the area is within VRM Class III and Class IV Management Areas, the impact would not be considered significant.
mpact would not be considered significant.  +
, Leasing the subsurface geothermal resources would not affect existing realty agreements.  + , Under either of the action alternatives, t
Under either of the action alternatives, there would be the potential for threats to human health and safety through the use of hazardous materials during exploratory and development drilling and operations, and construction equipment (including increased traffic on SR-86).
nt (including increased traffic on SR-86).  +
, In general, geothermal energy exploration,
In general, geothermal energy exploration, development, and operations would result in a temporary reduction in the amount of land available for recreational use and in the diminishment of users’ recreational experiences on lands that remain open for recreation.
on lands that remain open for recreation.  +
, Development in the lease area would not detract from the user’s solitude and perception of natural conditions and wilderness in the adjacent Fish Creek Mountains Wilderness Area.  + , It is likely that residents in adjacent co
It is likely that residents in adjacent communities will perceive such a facility as acceptable because it may generate employment, taxes, and it will “fit” with other existing rural industrial facilities. Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area would also yield benefits such as zero emission-based heat and power and avoidance of many of the external social costs associated with power produced from fossil fuels.
ted with power produced from fossil fuels.  +
, The relatively small population impact gen
The relatively small population impact generated by developing the Truckhaven geothermal lease tracts indicates no impact on public infrastructure in the socioeconomic impact area would occur. The needs of the limited number of people that might relocate to the area for housing, schools, social services, and utilities could readily be met by the existing infrastructure.
ily be met by the existing infrastructure.  +
, The immediate locale of the leasing has been identified as ancestral lands by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. When the consultation process has been completed, the degree of impact on Native Americans can be clarified.  + , Traffic impacts would be caused by increased vehicle access to the area related to project exploration, development (construction), and operations. Long-term impacts would be negligible.  +
NEPA Resource Imposed Mitigation Due to the high density of archaeological
Due to the high density of archaeological sites within the project site mitigation monitoring should be implemented for all ground disturbing activities. Mitigation of impacts would follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Properties and for implementation of Section 106 of National Historic Preservation Act.
106 of National Historic Preservation Act.  +
, The potential geothermal facilities would
The potential geothermal facilities would be painted colors that complement the desert environment and would not dominate the view of the desert landscape from typical public observation perspectives such as from SR-86, located approximately 2 miles east of the assumed power plant locations.
east of the assumed power plant locations.  +
, Regardless of which action alternative is
Regardless of which action alternative is implemented, any new structures such as transmission lines, power plants, or energy generation facilities would be not be allowed to exceed the height limitation unless it has been coordinated with the Naval Air Facility El Centro (NAFEC) commanding officer. Prior to issuance of a lease, the BLM would afford the NAFEC commanding officer two weeks to review the lease authorizations. Appropriate height and use warnings and stipulations would be included in the lease and confirmed with the operators prior to lease issuance. After any leases have been issued, the commanding officer of NAFEC may notify BLM of any observed noncompliance or unsafe or emergency situation that may require BLM to shut down or restrict operations.
e BLM to shut down or restrict operations.  +
, Potential conflicts with OHV users would b
Potential conflicts with OHV users would be minimized to the greatest extent possible during exploration, development, and operations. Geothermal well locations would be placed away from Western Colorado Route of Travel -designated trails to minimize potential conflicts with OHV users and their vehicles.
nflicts with OHV users and their vehicles.  +
NEPA Resources Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Noise + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Special Status Species + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Paleontological Resources + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Wastes Hazardous or Solid + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Wilderness + , Geothermal/Social Values + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Access and Transportation + , Water Quality Surface and Ground +
Name DOI-BLM-CA-ES-2007-017-3200  +
OpenEI/PageDescription : NEPA document related to geothermal resource areas   +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Geothermal  + , Truckhaven Geothermal Area  +
Place California: Energy Resources +
ProposedAction This Final Environmental Impact Statement
This Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts on the natural and human environment that could result from the proposed leasing of Federal geothermal resources in the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area. The EIS considers approximately 14,731 acres of United States Department of the Interior (USDI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-managed public lands in the area known as the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area, located in western Imperial County, California (Figure 1-1). The minerals are managed by the BLM El Centro Field Office. Issuance of geothermal leases could have indirect impacts because such leasing represents a commitment of resources, and it is reasonably expected that subsequent exploration, development, production, and closeout activities would occur. Therefore, the Final EIS presents a broad scope analysis of the potential indirect and cumulative impacts from geothermal leasing.
umulative impacts from geothermal leasing.  +
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Categories NEPA Doc , Geothermal energy
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