Thursday, June 14, 2018

USA, New Mexico: Valles Caldera Geothermal Resources Put Off Limits to Development

Geothermal Development Prohibited Near Valles Caldera National Preserve (NCPA)

The Santa Fe National Forest's decision protects the unique thermal features in Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Santa Fe National Forest finalized a decision to prohibit energy development on 195,000 acres of land adjacent to Valles Caldera National Preserve. The lands have been under consideration since 2015 to be leased for geothermal development.

Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the newest units in the National Park System and contains some of the most extensive geothermal activity in the West, including hot springs, bubbling mudpots and steaming fumaroles. The most active geothermal features in the caldera are on a 40-acre private inholding that NPCA, working with a conservation buyer, protected from additional development and is now working its way through a transfer of ownership to the Park Service.

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