The Impacts of Geothermal Operations on Groundwater

Jody Robins

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In 2018, the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) National Renewable Energy Coordination Office, through its Geothermal Program, funded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to review existing literature for potential cases in which geothermal wells contributed to groundwater contamination. NREL conducted an extensive literature review but was unable to find any cases of groundwater contamination resulting from geothermal operations. This paper includes cases in which wellbore failures did not affect groundwater and areas where geothermal operations may have affected other resources, such as hot springs and geysers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth (GRC 2021) - San Diego, California
Duration: 3 Oct 20216 Oct 2021


Conference2021 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth (GRC 2021)
CitySan Diego, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5700-80391


  • BLM
  • geothermal
  • groundwater
  • Long Valley Caldera
  • Raft River
  • Steamboat Springs


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