DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2012-0057-EA

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NEPA Document Collection for: DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2012-0057-EA
EA at Brady Hot Springs Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Well Field

EA for Well 15-12 Hydro-Stimulation at Brady Hot Springs Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Well Field

Proposed Action

Ormat proposes to implement a hydro-stimulation program (EGS) to increase energy production by enhancing natural hydraulic connections within the existing hydrothermal system.

"CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL

1. This approval is contingent upon the lessee/operator being in receipt of and in compliance with all appropriate federal, state, and local permits.

2. When cultural or paleontological resources, including but not limited to historic ruins, prehistoric artifacts and fossils, are discovered in the performance of the permit, the resources shall be left intact and immediately brought to the attention of the BLM authorized officer.

3. Pursuant 43 CFR 10.4(g) the holder of this authorization must notify the authorized officer, by telephone, with written confirmation, immediately upon the discovery of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony (as defined at 43 CFR 10.20). Further, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.4(c) and (d), the lessee/operator shall immediately stop all activities in the vicinity of the discovery and protect it for 30 days or until notified to proceed by the BLM authorized officer.

4. No hazardous materials shall be used during any phase of the operations unless prior approval has been obtained from the BLM authorized officer. All onsite drilling materials and chemicals shall be properly stored to ensure the prevention of spills. No chromate or other heavy metals or environmentally harmful additives will be used.

5. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids shall be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well.

6. If any chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, and/or noxious fluids are spilled during drilling, testing, and completion operations, they shall be cleaned up immediately. The lessee/operator shall have absorbent on site for spill containment. After clean up, the chemicals, fuels, oil, lubricants and/or noxious fluids and any contaminated material shall be removed from the drill site and disposed of at an approved disposal facility. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids would be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well.

7. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all costs associated with any releases of chemicals and/or subsurface fluids resulting from their operations and practices.

8. Material Safety Data Sheets for all drilling mud components are to be provided to the Hazmat coordinator at the Winnemucca Field Office.

9. The reserve pit shall be fenced on three sides during drilling. Upon completion of the drilling operation, when the site is unoccupied, the fourth side shall also be fenced until the liquid has evaporated out of the reserve pit.

10. Portable chemical toilets shall be used for human waste. The human waste shall not be buried on site.

11. All equipment and machinery shall be equipped with spark arresters and mufflers.

12. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all suppression costs for any fire resulting from their operations and practices.

13. Trash and other debris shall be contained onsite and then hauled to an approved landfill. Burial and/or burning onsite shall not be permitted.

14. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for controlling all noxious weeds and other undesirable invading plant species in the disturbed operating and reclaimed area until the revegetation activities have been determined to be successful and accepted by the BLM authorized officer. The lessee/operator shall obtain approval from the BLM authorized officer for any application of herbicide, and the request must include descriptions of the types and quantities. Unless certified weed free seed is procured for the reclamation of this project, all seed shall be tested for purity, noxious, poisonous and or prohibited plant species, and the test results submitted to and approved by the BLM authorized officer.

15. When the production and observation wells are successfully completed, all well head and surface production equipment and facilities shall be painted a color that blends with the natural surroundings. The authorized officer shall be contacted and BLM Winnemucca Field Office staff consulted prior to the selection of the color.

16. Once the wells are successfully completed, the drill pad shall be reduced in size to only that necessary for production, injection, testing, working over, re-entering, or observation operations.

17. If a completed well will be sitting idle for more than a year, the site shall be scarified and seeded with the BLM recommended seed mix.

18. Upon abandonment of the geothermal wells, the following shall be done:

a. The wells shall be plugged to comply with all Federal and State of Nevada regulations.

b. All reclamation of disturbed areas shall be completed within one year from the date of proper plugging and abandonment of the well. Any constructed roads, drill pads and reserve pits shall be recontoured to original grade, salvaged topsoil spread on the disturbed area and the site scarified. The disturbed area shall be seeded by hand broadcasting or drilling with the BLM recommended seed mixture. The BLM Winnemucca Field Office shall be notified in writing when reclamation operations commence and are completed." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.

Conditions of Approval

CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL

1. This approval is contingent upon the lessee/operator being in receipt of and in compliance with all appropriate federal, state, and local permits.

2. When cultural or paleontological resources, including but not limited to historic ruins, prehistoric artifacts and fossils, are discovered in the performance of the permit, the resources shall be left intact and immediately brought to the attention of the BLM authorized officer.

3. Pursuant 43 CFR 10.4(g) the holder of this authorization must notify the authorized officer, by telephone, with written confirmation, immediately upon the discovery of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony (as defined at 43 CFR 10.20). Further, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.4(c) and (d), the lessee/operator shall immediately stop all activities in the vicinity of the discovery and protect it for 30 days or until notified to proceed by the BLM authorized officer.

4. No hazardous materials shall be used during any phase of the operations unless prior approval has been obtained from the BLM authorized officer. All onsite drilling materials and chemicals shall be properly stored to ensure the prevention of spills. No chromate or other heavy metals or environmentally harmful additives will be used.

5. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids shall be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well.

6. If any chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, and/or noxious fluids are spilled during drilling, testing, and completion operations, they shall be cleaned up immediately. The lessee/operator shall have absorbent on site for spill containment. After clean up, the chemicals, fuels, oil, lubricants and/or noxious fluids and any contaminated material shall be removed from the drill site and disposed of at an approved disposal facility. No chemicals, fuels, oils, lubricants, noxious fluids would be disposed of at the drill site, in the reserve or flow pits or down the well.

7. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all costs associated with any releases of chemicals and/or subsurface fluids resulting from their operations and practices.

8. Material Safety Data Sheets for all drilling mud components are to be provided to the Hazmat coordinator at the Winnemucca Field Office.

9. The reserve pit shall be fenced on three sides during drilling. Upon completion of the drilling operation, when the site is unoccupied, the fourth side shall also be fenced until the liquid has evaporated out of the reserve pit.

10. Portable chemical toilets shall be used for human waste. The human waste shall not be buried on site.

11. All equipment and machinery shall be equipped with spark arresters and mufflers.

12. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for all suppression costs for any fire resulting from their operations and practices.

13. Trash and other debris shall be contained onsite and then hauled to an approved landfill. Burial and/or burning onsite shall not be permitted.

14. The lessee/operator shall be responsible for controlling all noxious weeds and other undesirable invading plant species in the disturbed operating and reclaimed area until the revegetation activities have been determined to be successful and accepted by the BLM authorized officer. The lessee/operator shall obtain approval from the BLM authorized officer for any application of herbicide, and the request must include descriptions of the types and quantities. Unless certified weed free seed is procured for the reclamation of this project, all seed shall be tested for purity, noxious, poisonous and or prohibited plant species, and the test results submitted to and approved by the BLM authorized officer.

15. When the production and observation wells are successfully completed, all well head and surface production equipment and facilities shall be painted a color that blends with the natural surroundings. The authorized officer shall be contacted and BLM Winnemucca Field Office staff consulted prior to the selection of the color.

16. Once the wells are successfully completed, the drill pad shall be reduced in size to only that necessary for production, injection, testing, working over, re-entering, or observation operations.

17. If a completed well will be sitting idle for more than a year, the site shall be scarified and seeded with the BLM recommended seed mix.

18. Upon abandonment of the geothermal wells, the following shall be done:

a. The wells shall be plugged to comply with all Federal and State of Nevada regulations.

b. All reclamation of disturbed areas shall be completed within one year from the date of proper plugging and abandonment of the well. Any constructed roads, drill pads and reserve pits shall be recontoured to original grade, salvaged topsoil spread on the disturbed area and the site scarified. The disturbed area shall be seeded by hand broadcasting or drilling with the BLM recommended seed mixture. The BLM Winnemucca Field Office shall be notified in writing when reclamation operations commence and are completed.

Data Completion Notes

Data entry complete 8/9

Documents

FONSI: Decision:


 

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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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

No new ground disturbance

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

From the letters and phone contacts made on September 20,2012, it was determined that none of the Tribes had any concerns regarding the proposed action. On November 21, 2012, a letter and copy of the Preliminary EA were provided to the above referenced Tribes. No comments or concerns were provided to the BLM from the Tribes contacted regarding review of the Preliminary EA.

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

  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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Induced Seismicity Impact
"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
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.