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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Winter 2003 California: Geothermal Development at Medicine Lake Highlands
Closed case update:
California: Geothermal Development at Medicine Lake Highlands
Agencies: Bureau of Land
Management and U.S. Forest Service
reported in recent Case Digests, a 48-megawatt power plant
and associated wells, pipelines, and power lines are proposed to be
constructed at a site called Telephone Flat, near Medicine Lake in
The project would substantially affect the traditional cultural values associated with the Medicine Lake Traditional Cultural Property District. The ACHP hosted a public meeting to hear citizens views on the proposed project, and submitted comments opposing the project to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.
In November 2002, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service
informed the ACHP that they approved the construction of the power plant
at Telephone Flat, despite the ACHPs objections to the project.
View of the Medicine Lake Highlands, CA (staff photo)
The agencies set some conditions to minimize the projects adverse effects on the surrounding Medicine Lake Highlands traditional cultural property, including relocating the future power plants transmission line.
For background information on this case, see the Fall 2002 Case Digest (use your browser's back button to return to this issue).
Staff contact: Carol Gleichman
Posted May 6, 2003
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