Salton Sea Geothermal Project - Notice of Hearing On Geothermal Resource Availability

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CALIFORNIA
ENERGY
COMMISSION

NOTICE OF HEARING ON
GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE
AVAILABILITY

 
SALTON SEA GEOTHERMAL PROJECT
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
DOCKET NO. 02-AFC-2


Important Notice to Public & Agencies:

The Salton Sea Geothermal Project Committee (Committee) is reviewing an Application for Certification (AFC) by CE Obsidian Energy LLC to construct a geothermal power plant project near Calipatria in Imperial County. Public Resources Code section 25540.2 exempts the applicant from the Notice of Intention process as a necessary precedent to the Application for Certification upon a demonstration that commercial quantities of geothermal resources are available for the project.

 

Hearing topic:

Availability of commercial quantities of geothermal resources for the project.

Following the Informational Hearing (noticed separately), the Committee will conduct a hearing to determine whether there are commercial quantities of geothermal resources for the proposed power plant. Commercial quantities of a geothermal resource means "enough geothermal steam or hot water resources from a sufficient number of wells to support a reasonable conclusion that a proposed power plant will be able to achieve the applicant's estimated gross capacity over the life of the project." (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regs., section 1804(a).

The public and interested agencies are welcome to attend and make comments on this topic. Written comments (original & 11 copies) on the proposed project may be submitted to the Energy Commission, Docket Unit (02-AFC-2), 1516 - 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 prior to November 15, 2002.

Documents: The Applicant's information concerning the commercial availability of geothermal resources is found in its AFC filing. In addition, following independent analysis, the staffs of the Energy Commission and the California Department of Oil and Gas (CDOG) will prepare a written statement assessing the commercial availability of geothermal resources.

The Applicant's commercial resource information and the Energy Commission/CDOG staffs' statement be available November 15, 2002, in a printed version, as well as on the Energy Commission Web Site for downloading: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/saltonsea/documents/

A printed copy of the Staff/CDOG statement may be obtained by contacting Staff's Project Manager, Robert Worl, at 916-651-8853 or e-mail at: [rworl@energy.state.ca.us].

 

Hearing Date & Place:

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Following the Informational hearing, Est. time 5:00 p.m.

Calipatria High School, Wirt Auditorium
501 West Main Street
Calipatria, California 92233
(Wheelchair accessible)

Hearing Procedures:

The purpose of the hearing is to establish the record upon which the commercial availability of geothermal resources can be decided, through the taking of oral, written or documentary evidence under oath from the Applicant, Commission staff, and others.

Witnesses may appear either in person to testify under oath and may be subject to cross-examination or by declaration. A party sponsoring an expert witness, either by declaration or in person, shall establish the witness' qualifications.

Assistance:


800-822-6228
(toll free in California)

916-654-4489

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489, toll free in California, at 800-822-6228, or by e-mail at: [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in this proceeding, please contact Lou Quiroz (916) 654-5146 or [lquiroz@ energy.state.ca.us] at least five days before the hearing.

Contacts:

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager, Robert Worl, at 916-651-8853 or e-mail at: [rworl@energy.state.ca.us].

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or e-mail at: [gshean@energy.state.ca.us].

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications, at 916-654-4989 or by e-mail at: [energia@energy.ca.gov].



Date online: November 1, 2002

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

WILLIAM J. KEESE
Chairman and Presiding Member
Salton Sea AFC Committee

ROBERT PERNELL
Commissioner and Associate Member
Salton Sea AFC Committee