Wednesday, October 9, 2019

USA, Nevada: Ormat Plans to Restore Flow to Hot Springs at Jersey Valley Geothermal Development Project

Environmental Assessment Available for the Orni 15 LLC/Ormat Nevada Inc. Jersey Valley Geothermal Project - Spring Mitigation (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management, Mount Lewis Field Office, has completed analysis of the Jersey Valley Hot Spring Mitigation Project by ORNI 15 LLC/Ormat Nevada Inc. in Pershing County, Nevada,  and has opened the 30-day comment period on the Environmental Assessment (EA). 

The purpose of the Project is to restore flow to the Jersey Valley Hot Spring (JVHS), located about one mile west of the power plant, next to the Jersey Valley Road. From 2013 through 2015, it was observed that the JVHS output had decreased, and ultimately became dry.

In the EA for the Jersey Valley Geothermal Development Project (EA # DOI-BLM-NV-063-EA08-091, dated May 2010), Ormat agreed that in the event of adverse impacts to the hot springs, mitigation would be implemented to restore the JVHS to normal conditions. It was agreed through coordination with the BLM and the water rights holder that Ormat would divert injection or geothermal water or another water source to the hot springs via a pipeline to mitigate.

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