Laws and Regulations Applicable to Geothermal Energy Development
Federal legal requirements apply to specific activities associated with geothermal energy development.
A number of federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders apply to geothermal energy development activities. For the most part, state laws and regulations do not apply to geothermal energy development on tribal lands.
The extent to which the Federal requirements will apply to specific geothermal projects on tribal lands depends upon the nature of the project, its location, and size. In addition, the requirements applicable to projects conducted under a Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) may be different from those that apply to projects developed under other existing regulatory programs.
Follow the links below to learn about federal requirements that may apply to specific activities associated with geothermal energy development.