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Committee Questions for Evidentiary Hearings

Evidentiary Hearing topics:

Air Quality
Cultural Resources**
Facility Design**
Hazardous Materials**
Land Use**
Public Health
Traffic and Transportation**
Transmission Line Safety**
Transmission System Engineering**
Waste Management**
Water Quality & Soils**
Water Resources**
Worker Safety**
Visual Resources**

** Uncontested

The California Energy Commission Salton Sea Geothermal Project Committee (Committee) is reviewing an Application for Certification (AFC) by CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, to construct a 185 megawatt geothermal power plant near Calipatria, California.

The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to establish the factual record upon which this case will be decided through the taking of oral, written, or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding on the topics listed in the side bar.

The parties, public, and interested agencies are encouraged to attend and make comments on the topics to be discussed listed in the side bar. Written comments on the topics can be submitted to the Energy Commission, Docket Unit (02-AFC-2), 1516 - 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 before October 27, 2003.

Whether made at the evidentiary hearing or submitted in writing, public comments will be entered into the record of the proceeding and may be used to supplement or explain the evidence in the record.

The Commission's Public Adviser is available to provide information or to assist those interested in participating at the evidentiary hearing, but cannot act as the attorney for any party. Contact Margret J. Kim, the Public Adviser at 916-654-4489 or toll-free 800-822-6228 or by e-mail at []

Evidentiary Hearing - Date & Place:
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Monday, October 27, 2003 (and, if necessary, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003) Beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Imperial Irrigation District Board Room
1285 Broadway Street
El Centro, California 92243

As a convenience, parties and members of the public who cannot attend the hearing in person may participate by calling the toll-free number for the proceeding: 1-888-809-8968. (Passcode: "Salton C Cal." Leader: "Garret Shean.")

Evidentiary Hearing -- Procedures:  

Witnesses may appear by declaration instead of in person if the topic is uncontested. If a topic is contested, a witness must appear to testify under oath and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. A party sponsoring an expert witness, either by declaration or in person, shall establish the witness' qualifications. The order of testimony for the Evidentiary Hearing is shown in Appendix A, attached.

Deadline for Filing and Service of Prepared Written Testimony:
Oct. 17, 2003

In accordance with instructions given at the October 14, 2003, Prehearing Conference, prepared written testimony shall be filed and served on or before October 17, 2003. Rebuttal testimony shall be oral, and thus not prepared in writing in advance of the Evidentiary Hearing.


(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 Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or, toll free in California, at 800-822-6228, or by e-mail at: . Persons requiring special assistance contact Lou Quiroz, (916) 654-5146, prior to the hearing.

Information concerning the status of the project, notices, and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at:


Technical questio's concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff’s Project Manager, Robert Worl, at 916-651-8853 or e-mail: .

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or e-mail at:

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: .

Dated: October 15, 2003

Chairman and Presiding Member
Salton Sea AFC Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Salton Sea AFC Committee

Appendix A -- Order of Testimony

Date - Time Activity
10/27 - Monday  
1:00 - 1:15 Introduction/ Preliminary Matters
1:15 - 1:45 Application for Certification, Data Responses, etc.
Applicant - Declarations
Final Staff Assessment - Parts 1 & 2 and Addendum:
Staff - Declarations -
Air Quality: Final Determination of Compliance
By Stipulation
1:45 – 3:45 Air Quality/Pub. Health: Operating Ammonia Emissions & Commissioning H2S Emissions
Staff: William Walters & Ramesh Sundareswaran
Applicant: Paul Neil & John Lowe
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Rebuttal: Oral Rebuttal Testimony on Evidentiary Hearings topic(s), subject to cross-examination.
Biology: Condition BIO-14 & Federal Bio. Opinion Status
Staff: Natasha Nelson & Carol Roberts
Applicant: Erik Jens Koford
Fire Safety, Haz. Materials, Env. Justice
Committee Questions
5:00 – 6:00 Public Comments

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