Geothermal Lease Proposed in South-Central Idaho


"The U.S. Bureau of Land Management to lease 760 acres for geothermal project."

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced a potential geothermal lease on 760 acres about 12 miles south of Malta in south-central Idaho.

The agency says the lease is up for public comment until Feb. 25, and it will then decide whether to allow the lease to go through.

BLM spokeswoman Heather Feeney tells The Times-News that an unidentified company began the process to acquire the geothermal lease in 2008, and the company's name will be revealed if it's successful.

The proposed lease is near a 12-square-mile geothermal area already being developed by U.S. Geothermal.

The company's CEO, Dan Kunz, says the company didn't start the process on the new lease and probably won't participate in the auction for the lease if it's approved.

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