LLNV-WO1000-2009-0002-EA

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NEPA Document Collection for: LLNV-WO1000-2009-0002-EA
EA at Jersey Valley Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Exploration

EA for Observation Wells at Jersey Valley II Geothermal Exploration Project

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Geothermal energy

Environmental
Analysis Type

EA

Applicant

Ormat Technologies Inc
Consultant Environmental Management Associates

Geothermal Area

Jersey Valley Geothermal Area

Project Location

Nevada

Project Phase

Geothermal/Exploration

Techniques

Drilling Techniques, Observation Wells
Time Frame (days)
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

Nevada

Funding Agency

none provided

Managing District Office

Winnemucca

Managing Field Office

Humboldt River

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

Bureau of Land Management

Mineral Manager

Bureau of Land Management
Selected Dates
Application Date 2008/07/18
Application
Document Type
POO
Revised Application Date 2008/10/17
Final EA-EIS Date
/Public Comment Period
2008/12/15
NEPA Schedule Comments
Estimated application and revised application dates. Only July and October 2008 are known. No public scoping conducted for this EA due to prior scoping of same area and similar action. Final EA is December 2008 - estimate set to 15th of the month.
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2009-0002-EA
Lease Numbers

Proposed Action

In November 2008, the BLM, HRFO approved an EA for the Jersey Valley II Geothermal Exploration Project, also for the drilling and testing of observation and full-sized wells and access road construction, as appropriate. The two currently approved wells under this EA (LLNV-WO1000-2009-002-EA) are 77-28 and 13-34 (see Figure 2). Total surface disturbance associated with the Jersey Valley II Exploration Project was less than 10 acres.

Conditions of Approval

Ormat would also comply with all special lease stipulations attached to leases NVN-77483, NVN-74881, and NVN-74883, which apply to Project operations (Appendices A, B, and C).

Data Completion Notes

Data entry complete 8/15; Need to add Public Health and Safety as a resource

9/18/2013 Geothermal Area is Jersey Valley, add to area list


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Air quality in the Project area has been designated as "attainment/unclassified" for all criteria air pollutants.

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.

The Project area has been frequented and utilized in prehistoric, historic and modem time.

   
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.

Project construction (regardless of the season constructed) could result in the direct loss of up to 9.75 acres of potential migratory bird habitat.

  imposed
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.

Jersey Valley hot springs is believed to have some cultural significance to the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone and the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe.

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.

BLM geothermal leases NVN-77483 and NVN-74881 have a specific environmental protection stipulation for riparian areas.

  imposed
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.

The proposed access for drill pad 13-34 in section 34 has slope areas greater than 1 0 percent and also has several ephemeral or relict drainages.

  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 could disturb up to 9. 75 acres.

  imposed
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.

Surface-disturbing activities from the Project would result in the loss of up to 9. 75 acres of this common plant community.

  imposed
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.

The Project would result in a temporary loss of an additional 9.75 acres, for a total project disturbance of jusf under 20 acres of wildlife habitat.

  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.

The Proposed Action is unlikely to effect the panid bat or Townsend's big eared bat due to the short-term, temporary nature of the project; the absence of any drilling materials or produced waters on-site which could harm the bats; and the distance from the areas of surface disturbance to the maternity colony and hibernaculum.

  imposed
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.

BLM geothermal lease NVN-7 4883 has a specific environmental protection stipulation for paleontological resources

  imposed
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  
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 project would have little potential for adversely affecting the quality of either surface waters or ground waters in the project area because all Project activities are located at least 1 ,000 feet away from the springs.

proposed imposed

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