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acquisition from the landowner. In the San Luis Valley, the landowner may be the
federal or state government or a private owner. Leases from the former are granted
pursuant to statute and regulations. Leasing from a private landholder can be accom-
plished through a negotiated contract between the parties.
126.96.36.199 Geothermal Leasing on State Lands
Alamosa County, of particular interest to this study because of its prox-
imity to existing moderate temperature wells, contains 19,930 hectares (49,250 ac) of
land owned by the State of Colorado. Of this total, in December 1978, active state
geothermal leases covered 6600 hectares (16,303.33 ac) (Coe, 1980). The State Board of
Land Commissioners issues all geothermal leases on land owned by the state. In addi-
tion, the Board has the authority to issue permits for exploration, development, unitiza-
tion, and communitization. Application procedures for these permits are thoroughly
described in two sources: Colorado Permit Directory for Energy and Mineral Develop-
ment (Colorado Joint Review Process Program, 1980) and Regulation of Geothermal
Development in Colorado (Coe & Forman, 1980). The Board must hold a public auction
if two or more persons want to lease the same acreage. However, due to lack of
competitive interest, thus far all leases have been issued on a non-competitive basis
(Coe & Forman, 1980).
188.8.131.52 Geothermal Leasing on Federal Land
To lease geothermal resources located on federal land, an operator must
follow procedures outlined in the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1001-1025)
and Department of Interior regulations implementing the Act (43 C.F.R 3200 ets.).
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) handles issuance of leases on all federal land.
Alamosa County contains 34,100 hectares (84,258 ac) of land owned by the federal
government. BLM-issued non-competitive geothermal leases active in December 1978
Covered 1610 hectares (3976.38 ae) (Coe, 1980). Apparently BLM has sold no com-
petitive leases within the Alamosa County Known Geothermal Resource Area (KGRA).
Many private landowners in Alamosa County have leased rights to geothermal resources
underlying their property to oil companies and other corporations interested in
developing geothermal energy.
A developer seeking a geothermal lease from BLM should consult the
Colorado Permit Directory for Energy and Mineral Development (Colorado Joint
Review Process Program, 1980) and Regulation of Geothermal Development in Colorado
(Coe & Forman, 1980) for information regarding permitting requirements.
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Hewlett, E.M.; Erickson, M.V.; Ferguson, C.D.; Sherwood, P.B.; Boswell, B.S.; Walter, K.M. et al. Commercial production of ethanol in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Final Report, report, July 1, 1983; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc874948/m1/94/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.