Basalt Canyon Geothermal Pipeline Project

The pipeline route was chosen to minimize visibility and potential environmental impacts.

Ormat permited a pipeline to bring new geothermal fluid to our existing power plants in 2003.  The pipeline now connects production wells developed under the Upper Basalt Exploration Project to the existing pipeline system. This pipeline supports approximately 4,000 gallons per minute of geothermal fluid flow.  This flow optimizes electrical production at the existing facilities and enables aging, less efficient wells to be shut down.

The pipeline route was carefully chosen in order to reduce visibility and minimize any potential environmental impacts.

The proposal was submitted in April 2003 and a public tour of the project was conducted on July 26, 2003 by the various agencies. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Mono County prepared an Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement on the Basalt Canyon Geothermal Pipeline Project in conformance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The Pipeline was approved by Mono County Planning Commission on 10/13/2005 and by the BLM and USFS on 10/14/2005. Construction started in December 2005.

At Mammoth Geothermal Complex, we welcome the public’s involvement and believe that our projects are found to have no significant impacts. We use best management practices and implement various mitigation measures ensuring our standards of excellence and all regulatory requirements are achieved with all of our projects.

Basalt Canyon EA-Draft EIR
Basalt Canyon Mono County CUP Staff Report
BLM FONSI for EA for BC Pipeline October 2005