Geothermal drilling proposed

Published May 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

A Nevada geothermal power plant developer wants to drill 16 exploratory wells on public and private land about 70 miles southeast of Bend, and the Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments about the proposal until Saturday.

Ormat Nevada, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, would use existing roads or build new ones to reach the sites near Glass Buttes in northeast Lake and western Harney counties, according to the BLM. The company would create well pads of 2-4 acres for each well and haul in drilling rigs. Three of the proposed wells are on private land.

To view documents related to the proposal, visit and look for documents referring to Midnight Point and Mahogany Geothermal Exploration Projects. Paper copies can be requested at the BLM’s Prineville or Burns district offices.

Written comments may be submitted via fax: 541-416-6798; U.S. mail: 3050 N.E. Third St., Prineville, OR 97754; or email: blm_or_pr_glass_buttes_geo_, (Attn: Glass Buttes Geothermal Project).