Basalt Canyon Geothermal Exploration Project

Map of Basalt Canyon Exploration Sites

The Basalt Canyon Exploration Project is located in an area west of Highway 395, north of State Route 203, and east of Shady Rest Park, and entirely on public lands within the Inyo National Forest. 

Ormat was authorized to both (1) drill and monitor up to five small-diameter observation holes, and (2) drill, complete and test up to two large-diameter geothermal exploration wells from a total of six potential sites. 

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) prepared an environmental assessment in conformance with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.  Public tour of the sites were held on October 6, 2001.  After consultation with various interested parties, the two agencies approved the Basalt Canyon Plan of Exploration in 2002.  The project utilized best management practices, implemented various mitigation measures that result in no significant impacts. 

A small observation hole was drilled in 2002 at the site marked 12-31 on the map. The well is used to moniter reservoir pressure and temperature.

See the Basalt Canyon Geothermal Pipeline Project section for more more information 

Basalt Canyon Exploration Project CEQA
CEQA Negative Declaration Public Notice
CEQA Negative Declaration
CEQA Notice of Determination
CEQA Notice of Intent to Adopt Negative Declaration

Basalt Canyon Exploration Project NEPA
BLM Decision Record and FONSI
BLM EA CA-170-02-15
BLM Interested Parties Letter for Basalt Canyon EA
BLM Web Announcement for EA
Plan of Exploration Basalt Canyon Geothermal Exploration Project July 2001