GEOTHERMAL LEASE REGULATIONS
(1) The Division must consider alternative actions that will minimize adverse impacts and both the long and short range implications to man, his physical and social surroundings, and to nature, in order to avoid or minimize to the fullest practicable extent all undesirable consequences for the environment. Environmental impact assessment parallels and is concurrent with the process by which alternative means are developed to meet objectives based on expressed needs.
(2) Therefore, the Division will require an environmental impact assessment which documents the factors considered by the applicant in his formulation of the geothermal project for which a state lease is required. Lease terms subsequently submitted to the applicant will include the specific environmental protections deemed necessary by the Division in concurrence with the state agency holding jurisdiction over surface rights.
Requirements After Discovery
Upon making an initial geothermal discovery, the lessee shall:
(1) Submit a proposed testing program to the Division of State Lands. The Director may require amendments to the testing program by written notice to the lessee within 30 days following receipt of the submission.
(2) Proceed to obtain legal confirmation of the well's primary purpose, i.e. geothermal production.
(3) The lessee shall provide certified copies of all tests and measurements made in conjunction with the testing program. If the Director finds the tests, as performed, or the data therefrom are not adequate to evaluate the geothermal resource, he may require other tests to be made, consistent with the usual operating practices of the geothermal industry.
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