Federal Agency Takes Step Toward October Lease Sale of Two Geothermal Parcels in Nevada

The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this week took the next step in the potential lease sale in October of two parcels in Mineral County, Nevada.

BLM released its environmental assessment (EA) with a proposed action of leasing two parcels within BLM-managed public lands, representing about 2,800 acres total, for the purpose of exploring for and producing geothermal resources. An additional 3,000 acres of public lands on the two parcels may be included in the lease sale if consented to by the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the additional lands. The USFS will conduct a separate analysis.

The EA will be available for public review and comment through June 30. The BLM is also seeking public input under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the Project that includes identifying or providing information about historic properties in or near the Project parcel areas. 

Lead image credit: Ken Lund | Flickr

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