CARSON CITY –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has issued the decision for the final environmental assessment (EA) for Magma Energy Corporation’s McCoy II Geothermal Exploration Project EA. The decision allows the company to drill geothermal exploration and testing wells. This project will be located in northern Edwards Creek Valley, Churchill County, approximately 70 miles northeast of Fallon, Nev.
The EA analyzed potential impacts on the natural and human environment that could result from implementation of the project on federal lands. The primary objective of the project is to further evaluate the characteristics of the geothermal resources in the McCoy II Project area. Activities include the following:
• Constructing new access roads
• Upgrading existing access roads
• Constructing up to 19 well pads
• Drilling and completing slim wells and/or exploration wells
• Flow testing exploration wells to determine commercial potential
The EA was available for a 30-day public review and comment period. The BLM received 16 comments from the following groups and agencies: Nevada Wilderness Project, Nevada Department of Transportation, State of Nevada Division of Water Resources, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. All comments received were reviewed and additional analysis, environmental data, and clarifications have been included in the Final EA in response to comments received. The final EA and Decision Record are available at:
If you have any questions on the Final EA and Decision Record please contact Carla James, Assistant Field Manager, BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office at (775) 885-6131.