Environmental Concerns and Mitigation Associated with Geothermal Resource Confirmation Drilling Activities

Aaron Levine, Nicole Taverna, Katherine Young

Research output: NRELPresentation


In 2017-2018, the Bureau of Land Management's National Renewable Energy Coordination Office, through its Geothermal Program, funded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to analyze technical and environmental considerations related to geothermal resource confirmation drilling. NREL solicited input from a group of technical and environmental experts in the geothermal industry, along with analyzing National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) documentation for previously approved projects. The collected data and analysis will be used by the Bureau of Land Management to examine the possibility of developing a new classification of wells and/or expediting the NEPA compliance process, which could potentially reduce permitting and regulatory compliance timelines when compared to the current process for obtaining a geothermal drilling permit for resource confirmation drilling activities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePresented at the Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Annual Meeting: Geothermal's Role in Today's Energy Market, (GRC 2018), 14-17 October 2018, Reno, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-72577


  • drilling
  • environment
  • exploration
  • geothermal
  • permitting
  • regulation


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