DOI-BLM-NV-063-EA08-091

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NEPA Document Collection for: DOI-BLM-NV-063-EA08-091
EA at Buffalo Valley Hot Springs Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Power Plant

Jersey Valley and Buffalo Valley Geothermal Development Projects EA for Geothermal/Power Plant

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Geothermal energy

Environmental
Analysis Type

EA

Applicant

Ormat Technologies Inc
Consultant Environmental Management Associates; Great Basin Ecology; Cogstone Resource Management; Kautz Environmental Consultants

Geothermal Area

Buffalo Valley Hot Springs Geothermal Area

Project Location

Nevada

Project Phase

Geothermal/Power Plant

Techniques

Production Wells
Time Frame (days)
Application Time 406
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

Bureau of Land Management

Funding Agency

none provided

Managing District Office

Battle Mountain

Managing Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

Bureau of Land Management

Mineral Manager

Bureau of Land Management
Selected Dates
Application Date 2009/04/24
Application
Document Type
GPD, POO, POU
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2010/04/26
Decision Document Date 2010/06/04
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOI-BLM-NV-063-EA08-091
Serial Number NVN-083483X; NVN-083484X; NVN-087409 (transmission line)
Lease Numbers

Proposed Action

Ormat is proposing to construct, operate and maintain the Jersey Valley Geothermal Development Project (Jersey Valley Project) and the Buffalo Valley Geothermal Development Project (Buffalo Valley Project). Each Project includes the construction and operation of a power generating facility, geothermal wellfields, geothermal production and injection pipelines, access roads and ancillary support facilities. Additionally, an approximately 27.59-mile overhead 120 kV transmission line (NVN-87409) would be constructed, originating at the proposed Jersey Valley power plant, trending north-northeast through the Buffalo Valley power plant, and terminating at the proposed Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPCo.) Bannock substation

Conditions of Approval

See Geothermal Lease Stipulations in Appendix A - (Serial Numbers N-77483, N-74883, N-74861, N-74865, N-74868, and N-74869).

Data Completion Notes

5/21/2014: Application date added from SRP.MB

Data entry complete - 8/9/2013.

Documents

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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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed imposed
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.

 

   
Fisheries 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.

 

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

 

   
Range 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.

 

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

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed  
Threatened and Endangered 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.

There would be no impacts to threatened and endangered species as none are known to exist within the surveyed portions of the Jersey Valley Unit Area, Buffalo Valley Unit Area and proposed transmission line corridor.

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

 

proposed  
Wetlands and Riparian Zones
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Wild and Scenic Rivers
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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

 

   
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.

Geology and Minerals would not be adversely affected by implementation of the Proposed Action. Geothermal resources are a leasable mineral and given that the resource is not consumed during plant operations, geothermal resources should not be affected.

   
Paleontological 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 s outhern portion of the Jersey Valley Unit area may host supporting geologic structures for vertebrate paleontological resources. However the Project is located north of these geological structures, and is not projected to affect vert ebrate paleontological resources.

   
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed  
Recreation
"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 does not propose any activity which would prevent continued access by recreational users to the public lands within the Jersey Valley Unit Area, Buffalo Valley Unit Area and proposed transmission line corridor. Project operations should also not impact the ability of hunters to access previous hunting grounds, or impact the abundance of game animals.

proposed  
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed imposed
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.

 

proposed imposed
Special Status 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.

 

proposed  
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
"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 ACECs within or near the project area.

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

 

   
Wild Horse and Burro Management
"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 Jersey Valley Unit Area and the proposed transmission line are not located within a Herd Management Area (HMA). The Buffalo Valley Unit Area has a very small portion of the Augusta HMA that slightly intrudes on the geothermal lease area. The proposed Buffalo Valley plant and appurtenant facilities lay completely outside the Augusta HMA.

   
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

proposed