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Newberry EGS geothermal project gets environmental nod

(SeeNews) – Apr 10, 2012 - Newberry Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) said Monday its demonstration low-cost geothermal project in Oregon had secured environmental nod by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Department of Energy.

Newberry EGS, a joint venture of US-based renewable energy developer AltaRock Energy Inc and Davenport Newberry, said that obtaining a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was a necessary step to proceed with the second phase of the project.

The Newberry EGS project is located in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon and is designed to serve as a demonstration of AltaRock's technology for low-cost use of geothermal energy in locations where high temperatures can be achieved by conventional drilling techniques.

The project has recently completed its first phase which involved well stimulation planning, environmental studies and public impact.

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