Geothermal power production: impact assessments and environmental monitoring

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The role that baseline and postoperational environmental monitoring plays in assessing impacts of geothermal power production is emphasized. Based on experience in the Imperial Valley, where substantial geothermal resources exist, the important characteristics of monitoring programs involving subsidence, seismicity, and air and water quality are examined. The importance of environmental monitoring for situations where predictive models either do not exist (e.g., seismicity), or are still being developed (e.g., land subsidence) are discussed. In these cases the need for acquiring and analyzing data that can provide timely information on changes caused by geothermal operations are emphasized. Monitoring is also useful in ... continued below

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Layton, D.W. & Pimentel, K.D. January 1, 1980.

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The role that baseline and postoperational environmental monitoring plays in assessing impacts of geothermal power production is emphasized. Based on experience in the Imperial Valley, where substantial geothermal resources exist, the important characteristics of monitoring programs involving subsidence, seismicity, and air and water quality are examined. The importance of environmental monitoring for situations where predictive models either do not exist (e.g., seismicity), or are still being developed (e.g., land subsidence) are discussed. In these cases the need for acquiring and analyzing data that can provide timely information on changes caused by geothermal operations are emphasized. Monitoring is also useful in verifying predictions of air quality changes - in particular, violations of ambient standards after control technologies are implemented. Water quality can be monitored with existing sampling programs where the potential for geothermal impacts is thought to be rather small. The significant issues in these environmental areas, the status of baseline data and predictive capability that currently exists, and the need for future monitoring and modeling programs to assess the impacts of geothermal development are summarized.

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Dep. NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • 26. annual technical meeting of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 11 May 1980

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  • Report No.: UCRL-83681
  • Report No.: CONF-800517-1
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5528154
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093874

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Layton, D.W. & Pimentel, K.D. Geothermal power production: impact assessments and environmental monitoring, article, January 1, 1980; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093874/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.