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EA-1925: Final Environmental Assessment

Midnight Point and Mahogany Geothermal Exploration Projects, Glass Buttes, Oregon

This EA evaluates Ormat Nevada, Inc.’s (Ormat’s) proposed geothermal projects which involve drilling up to 16 wells for geothermal exploration approximately 70 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon and 50 miles northwest of Burns, Oregon just south of U.S. Highway 20. The proposed project includes three distinct drilling areas. Up to three wells would be drilled on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District (Mahogany), up to ten wells would be drilled on lands managed by the BLM Burns District (Midnight Point), and up to three wells would be drilled on private land located adjacent to the federal geothermal leases west of Glass Buttes (Private Lands). DOE funding would be associated with three of the sixteen proposed wells. BLM is the lead agency.  DOE participated as a cooperating agency and adopted the EA on August 8, 2013.