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EA-1810: Final Environmental Assessment

San Emidio Geothermal Exploration Project

The purpose of this action is to provide USGN the opportunity to construct access roads, temporary pipelines and well pads for exploration drilling activities that would allow them to test the geothermal reservoir and evaluate the geothermal power development potential of the resource. BLM would do this in a manner that ensures the exploration proceeds as allowed by the terms of the leases and any special lease stipulations. DOE’s purpose is is to provide USGN with a financial assistance award funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in the amount of $3,772,560. The funding would support a project to validate the use of innovative exploration technologies. Specifically, the USGN proposes to explore the San Emidio geothermal resource area by using exploration technologies to drill two exploratory wells, which are intended to confirm the resource and validate the exploration technology.