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Geothermal Resources

The Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 USC 1001 et seq.), which has been amended several times, requires the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to establish rules and regulations for the leasing of geothermal resources on lands managed by federal agencies. Regulations addressing the leasing of geothermal resources, issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are available at 43 CFR 3200. In addition, under the authority of the Indian Mineral Leasing Act of 1938 (25 USC 396a-g), which provides for leasing of minerals on tribal lands, and the Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982 (25 USC 2102 et seq.), which provides for tribes to enter into energy development agreements with DOI approval, the BIA has issued regulations relevant to geothermal energy development. These BIA regulations are available at 25 CFR 211 and 25 CFR 225.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

The full suite of regulations issued by the BIA may be applicable to geothermal development on tribal lands. Elements of the BLM regulations may be applicable to energy development activities on tribal land if the BLM is involved in review and approval of the activities.

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