Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Affecting Recreation Activities

blmBISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are
limiting some winter recreation access north of Shady Rest Par for public safety during the construction of a
geothermal pipeline. Ormat Technologies Inc. is undergoing pipeline construction as a component of the Casa
Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project approved by the Inyo National Forest in August 2013. Work is
expected to be completed this spring.
For the time being, recreation access is limited on portions of Knolls Loop Trail, Nordic Ski Trails, Sawmill
Cutoff Road and Sawmill Road, as plowing and tree cutting is underway. Roads may also be closed temporarily
while work is underway. Signs have been installed to advise visitors of the activity.
The Casa Diablo IV (CD-IV) Geothermal Development Project is being developed by Ormat on federal
geothermal leases administered by the Bureau of Land Management on National Forest System lands near
Mammoth Lakes in Mono County. The CD-IV project will become the fourth power plant in the Mammoth
Pacific geothermal complex and is expected to generate enough electricity to serve an additional 10,000 homes
or roughly 33,000 citizens.
The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the
nation’s renewable energy portfolio. To promote our clean energy goals, the BLM provides sites for
environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands and new transmission routes to
connect into the grid. These efforts to deploy renewable energy from our nation’s public lands support the
Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’
direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public
lands no later than 2025.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of
the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is
to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and
productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193
million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research
organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year
through visitor spending alone.
-BLM/USFSBLM Bishop Field Office/Inyo National Forest, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, CA 93514
U.S. Forest Service
Inyo National Forest
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Sami
Sami
7 months ago

Formatting on the copy/paste of the press release broke.