We are continuing to monitor and provide comments on the ill conceived ORMAT plans to drill up to 20 exploration wells and ultimately build a geothermal plant on the outer edge of Gerlach. The proposed plant would negatively impact the community by threatening dark skies, recreational access and, very importantly, our Granite Banjo Wilderness proposal. The minor amount of energy that would be produced here does not warrant the impacts to the community, recreation and Wilderness.
(Photo by Bob Wick, BLM - Granite Range near Gerlach)
Friends recently provided details about these impacts in our response (in partnership with Center for Biological Diversity) to the BLM's Environmental Assessment of the exploration (drilling) phase of the project. Click Read More below for maps and more information.
We will keep you posted as we push for a comprehensive environmental analysis of this proposal. Geothermal energy is viable in many places in Nevada, but this is not one of them. Please stay tuned for our call to action to help us make sure Wild Nevada stays wild.
How town of Gerlach would be impacted by ORMAT project
To view more maps, see Friends comments to the BLM