DOI-BLM-NV-B020-2012-0214-EA

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NEPA Document Collection for: DOI-BLM-NV-B020-2012-0214-EA
EA at Silver Peak Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Exploration

Silver Peak Area Geothermal Exploration Project EA for Drilling and Well Testing for Geothermal/Exploration

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Geothermal energy

Environmental
Analysis Type

EA

Applicant

Rockwood Lithium Inc
Consultant Environmental Management Associates, Inc.

Geothermal Area

Silver Peak Geothermal Area

Project Location

Nevada

Project Phase

Geothermal/Exploration

Techniques

Well Testing Techniques, Drilling Techniques
Time Frame (days)
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 2010/10/22
Application
Document Type
POO
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2012/10/11
Final EA-EIS Date
/Public Comment Period
2012/10/30
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOI-BLM-NV-B020-2012-0214-EA
Funding Agency
Doc Number
DOE/EA-1921
Serial Number NVN-89289
Lease Numbers

Proposed Action

Rockwood Lithium Inc (Rockwood), formerly doing business as Chemetall Foote Corporation, is proposing to construct, operate, and maintain the Silver Peak Area Geothermal Exploration Project (Project) within Esmeralda County, Nevada (see Figure 1) to determine subsurface temperatures, confirm the existence of geothermal resources, and confirm the existence of a commercial geothermal reservoir at the proposed well sites within federal geothermal lease NVN-87008.


Data Completion Notes

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

Data entry complete 8/27/13. Serial register page could perhaps be deleted - not sure how it relates.

Documents

Serial Register Page:
 
 

Other Documents: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 primary pollutant of concern during construction activities would be particulates in the form of fugitive dust, which would be generated during earth-moving activities and travel on unpaved roads during construction and drilling activities.

  imposed
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.

The proposed Project is not located in or near any ACECs.

   
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.

While there are minority and low-income populations in the vicinity, the proposed Project would not have a disproportionally adverse impact on these groups.

   
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.

There is no fish habitat in the project area

   
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.

According to the FIRM, FEMA classifies the project area as unmapped (FEMA 2012). No river floodplains exist on the site; therefore no adverse impacts would occur to river floodplains

   
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.

There are no forested areas or grazing allotments in the project area.

   
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.

 

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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.

No direct effects to migratory birds are anticipated given the nature of the project area and the lack of existing habitat.

   
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.

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe has not expressed any concerns about this Project.

  imposed
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.

The proposed Project is not located in or near any prime or unique farmlands.

   
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 or endangered species, as they are not known to exist within the project area.

   
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.

Diesel fuel, lubricants, hydraulic fluids and drilling chemicals (drilling mud, caustic soda, barite, etc.) needed for the Project would be transported to the drill site on trucks and stored on pallets or in tanks, drums, or buckets, subject to applicable federal and state regulations.

proposed imposed
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.

Because the existing playa within the project area is considered non-jurisdictional and the project area is located within a closed drainage basin, no impacts would occur to wetland resources protected under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

   
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.

The proposed Project is not located in or near any Wilderness areas or Wilderness Study Areas.

   
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.

The proposed Project is not located in or near any wild and scenic rivers.

   
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.

 

  imposed
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.

The project area is heavily disturbed and no negative effects are expected to occur.

   
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.

Due to the lack of vegetation in the proposed area of disturbance no negative effects are expected to occur.

   
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.

The closest special status species to the project area is the Eastwood milkweed, which is over 8 miles north.

   
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.

No direct effects to wildlife resources are anticipated given the nature of the project area and the lack of existing habitat.

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.

 

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  
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  
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 project area is not located within a Herd Management Area.

   
Fire 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 is not located within town boundaries. The project area is also heavily heavily disturbed and covered with saline sediments and lacks vegetation.

   
Water 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