DOE-EA-1621

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NEPA Document Collection for: DOE-EA-1621
EA at Klamath Falls Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Power Plant

Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Deep Geothermal Well and Power Plant Project EA at Klamath Falls Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Power Plant

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Geothermal energy

Environmental
Analysis Type

EA

Applicant

Oregon Institute of Technology
Consultant MHA Environmental Consulting

Geothermal Area

Klamath Falls Geothermal Area

Project Location

Oregon

Project Phase

Geothermal/Power Plant

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
NEPA Process Time 111
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

United States Department of Energy

Funding Agency

United States Department of Energy

Managing District Office

DOE Golden Field Office

Managing Field Office

DOE Golden Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

Mineral Manager

none provided
Selected Dates
Scoping Initiated Date 2008/06/04
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2008/08/13
Final EA-EIS Date
/Public Comment Period
2008/09/15
Decision Document Date 2008/09/23
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOE-EA-1621

Proposed Action

Installation of a 5000-6000 ft deep geothermal well to reach 300 degrees resource. Construction of a 1.2 MW bianary power plant, and a pipeline connecting power plant to new well, and connection of power plant to exisiting transformers

Conditions of Approval

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.

Data Completion Notes

Data entry complete 8/14; KERMIT

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Resource Analysis

Resource Not
Present
Present,
Not
Affected
Present,
Potentially
Affected
Not
Indicated
Comment Applicant
Proposed
Mitigation
Agency
Imposed
Mitigation
Air Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

The project is not located within any non-attainment areas and would not exceed any conformity requirements as dictated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule “Determining Conformity of General Federal Actions to State or Federal Implementation Plans” (40 CFR 93, Subpart B). The project would not contribute to any violation of federal ambient air quality standards.

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Soils
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Drilling would have limited impacts on soils. Drilling would occur in the existing paved parking lot. No topsoil would be lost. No adverse impacts are expected.

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Invasive, Nonnative Species
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Project activities could contribute to the spread of invasive, nonnative species within the project area through surface disturbing activities and construction and drilling vehicles.

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Wildlife Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Most of the project area is located on paved or graveled surfaces. Only a small portion is vegetated and suitable for wildlife habitat (0.09 acres).

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Noise
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Noise from drilling the deep geothermal well would have the most effect, as drilling must occur 24 hours per day. Noise impacts from drilling would be temporary. Sensitive noise receptors include the hospital, the retirement center, and the dormitory.

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Public Health and Safety
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Human Health and Safety and Risk Assessment

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Geology and Minerals
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Construction would not have effects on tectonics or geology in the project region. Construction would not induce seismicity Under the proposed action, there will be no effect on mineral resources from drilling and testing

   
Vegetation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

All of the construction would take place on disturbed areas, including areas that have been paved. Disturbance to vegetative communities would be les than significant.

   
Cultural Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

The project would be constructed entirely within previously disturbed areas. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office was consulted and it was determined that there is no likelihood of impacting historic properties.

   
Native American Concerns
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

There are no Native American TCPs or sacred sites within the proposed project area that would be affected by project construction or operation.

   
Lands and Realty
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

The construction of the proposed project is in compliance with the current zoning designation, and would not interfere with existing geothermal uses on campus or nearby.

   
Visual Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Visual impacts from the proposed project would result from drilling and testing, construction, and operation. The project would be located in Klamath County, Oregon, on the southeastern boundary of the OIT campus. The proposed project is within the city limits of Klamath Falls.

   
Economic Values
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Construction and operation of the proposed project would not result in any major socioeconomic changes.

   
Social Values
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Construction and operation of the proposed project would not result in any major socioeconomic changes.

   
Environmental Justice
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

No significant impacts are expected from the proposed project and no disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects would be anticipated to affect minority or lowincome populations in the project area, despite a higher rate of these populations.

   
Water Quantity
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

The closest body of water to Klamath Falls is Upper Klamath Lake, which lies approximately one mile to the west of the OIT campus.

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