[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Salton Sea Unit #6 Project
(Docket # 02-AFC-2)
Biology, Land Use and Cultural Resources Mitigation:
Final Staff Assessment Part 1



Purpose: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop for the proposed Salton Sea Unit #6 (SSU6) geothermal energy project. The Energy Commission staff is analyzing CE Obsidian Energy's Application for Certification for potential impacts and has issued Part 1 of its Final Staff Assessment. The workshop discussions will focus on the following: 1) biological resource issues resulting in a requirement to mitigate for lost burrowing owl habitat; 2) land use requirement for mitigating loss of 173 acres of prime farm land as a result of the project; and 3) cultural resource conditions of certification for the Obsidian Butte well pad and brine pipeline location. Participants will discuss the potential impacts of the power plant, related facilities and proposed mitigation measures. Operational impacts and monitoring will also be considered by staff. All agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

Date and Time:

Tuesday August 19, 2003
Beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Topics include potential impacts to certain biological, agricultural and cultural resources from construction and operation of the proposed Salton Sea Unit 6 project, and establishing strategies to insure successful identification, avoidance and mitigation of potential impacts.


California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, California
Hearing Room B
(Wheelchair Accessible)


For those unable to attend the workshop in person, a toll-free teleconference number is provided. At 9:00 AM, on August 19, 2003 call 877-709-5345 and provide the passcode: 26917.

Project Summary:

On July 29, 2002, CE Obsidian Energy filed an Application For Certification (AFC) to construct and operate a geothermal steam turbine electric generating facility. The project was found data-adequate for review under the California Energy CommissionŐs 12-month process on September 25, 2002. The project is proposed for an 80-acre parcel located six miles northwest of Calipatria, within the unincorporated area of Imperial County, California. The new geothermal power facility would generate approximately 185 megawatts.

The project would consist of a power plant site, well pads and brine pipelines, and electric transmission system consisting of two separate lines, totaling 31 miles, and a new switching station connecting the project with separate segments of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) transmission system.

Information concerning the status of the project, notices and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/saltonsea. Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. For information on how to participate in the CommissionŐs review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the CommissionŐs 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 require special accommodations, contact Lou Quiroz at least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146. Questions: General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy CommissionŐs website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/saltonsea/ Inquiries about the project should be directed to Robert Worl, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8853, or e-mail at: rworl@energy.state.ca.us News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at: energia@energy.ca.gov.

DATE: May 23,2003.


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