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The '''Gerlach Geothermal Development Project''' is a [[Geothermal]] project that started in 2020.
The '''Gerlach Geothermal Development Project''' is a [[Geothermal]] project that started in 2020.


The project would add two 24 megawatt (total) power plants with 23 wells, 4.6 miles of pipeline, roads and a powerline to the [[San Emidio Desert]] plants.<ref>[https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2020/10/26/gerlach-residents-geothermal-plant-threatens-dark-skies-near-burning-man/5997894002/ Gerlach residents say the Black Rock's dark skies threatened by proposed geothermal plant,]" Amy Alonzo, Reno Gazette Journal, October 26, 2020.</ref>
The project would add two 24 megawatt (total) power plants with 23 wells, 4.6 miles of pipeline, roads and a powerline to the [[San Emidio Desert]] plants.<ref name=Alonzo2020>[https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2020/10/26/gerlach-residents-geothermal-plant-threatens-dark-skies-near-burning-man/5997894002/ Gerlach residents say the Black Rock's dark skies threatened by proposed geothermal plant,]" Amy Alonzo, Reno Gazette Journal, October 26, 2020.</ref>


Some Gerlach residents are concerned about the effect the plants and wells would have on the viewshed, night skies and water supplies.
Some Gerlach residents are concerned about the effect the plants and wells would have on the viewshed, night skies and water supplies.
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On October 1, 2020, the BLM accepted pre-scoping comments for 60 days.<ref>"[https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-accepting-pre-scoping-comments-geothermal-project-near-gerlach Bureau of Land Management accepting pre-scoping comments for geothermal project near Gerlach,]" BLM Website.</ref>
On October 1, 2020, the BLM accepted pre-scoping comments for 60 days.<ref>"[https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-accepting-pre-scoping-comments-geothermal-project-near-gerlach Bureau of Land Management accepting pre-scoping comments for geothermal project near Gerlach,]" BLM Website.</ref>


On December 10, 2021, the BLM solicited comments on the project<ref>["https://www.blm.gov/press-release/black-rock-field-office-soliciting-public-comment-gerlach-geothermal-project Black Rock Field Office soliciting public comment on the Gerlach Geothermal Project,]", BLM Website.</ref> and provided a [https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/docs/2021-12/Gerlach_Geothermal%20Exploration_Map_508_0.pdf map] (reproduced below).
In 2020, the proposed map showed well pads located on the west side of [[Highway 34]], near [[Dooby Lane]],<ref name=Alonzo2020/> located at [https://geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Dooby_Lane&params=40_40_43.1_N_119_21_40.3_W_region:US_type:landmark 40° 40′ 43.1″ N, 119° 21′ 40.3″ W] in section 3, just north of where 34 crosses the boundary between section 3 and section 10.


[[Image:Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Map 508 0.png|thumb|Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Map from the December 2021 BLM request for comments]]
On December 10, 2021, the BLM solicited comments on the project<ref>"[https://www.blm.gov/press-release/black-rock-field-office-soliciting-public-comment-gerlach-geothermal-project Black Rock Field Office soliciting public comment on the Gerlach Geothermal Project,]", BLM Website.</ref> and provided a [https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/docs/2021-12/Gerlach_Geothermal%20Exploration_Map_508_0.pdf map] (reproduced below).
[[Image:OrmatGerlachProposal2020-Map.jpg|thumb|Ormat Gerlach Proposal Map from 2020]]
 
In the December 2021 map some of the proposed well pads moved across Highway 34, away from Dooby Lane.
 
[[Image:Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Map 508 0.png|thumb|Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Map from the December 2021 BLM request for comments.]]
[[Image:OrmatGerlachProposal2020-Map.jpg|thumb|Ormat Gerlach Proposal Map from 2020.]]


==External links==
==External links==

Revision as of 18:09, 17 December 2021

The Gerlach Geothermal Development Project is a Geothermal project that started in 2020.

The project would add two 24 megawatt (total) power plants with 23 wells, 4.6 miles of pipeline, roads and a powerline to the San Emidio Desert plants.[1]

Some Gerlach residents are concerned about the effect the plants and wells would have on the viewshed, night skies and water supplies.

On October 1, 2020, the BLM accepted pre-scoping comments for 60 days.[2]

In 2020, the proposed map showed well pads located on the west side of Highway 34, near Dooby Lane,[1] located at 40° 40′ 43.1″ N, 119° 21′ 40.3″ W in section 3, just north of where 34 crosses the boundary between section 3 and section 10.

On December 10, 2021, the BLM solicited comments on the project[3] and provided a map (reproduced below).

In the December 2021 map some of the proposed well pads moved across Highway 34, away from Dooby Lane.

Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Map from the December 2021 BLM request for comments.
Ormat Gerlach Proposal Map from 2020.

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