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Calpine to host Nov. 27 meeting on time extension on geothermal well development

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MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Calpine Corp. will hold an informational presentation and discussion for the community this month regarding its application for a time extension of its Davies Estate Geothermal Well Development.  

The meeting will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center, 15500 Central Park Road, Middletown.

Calpine filed an application for a time extension for this permit with the Lake County Community Development Department on Sept. 20.

The use permit, UP 83-36, covers several existing wells on an existing well pad in the steamfield area, which is located about three-quarters of a mile south of Anderson Springs at 20055 Foard Road.

The Lake County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Calpine’s application, UPX 12-01, at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

The public hearing will be held in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St. Anyone interested may attend and offer input on the application.

Calpine said it is offering several opportunities to visit this well site.

Community members can schedule a tour time at the meeting or by contacting Calpine at [email protected] or calling 707-987-4270; those who cannot attend the meeting in person but who have questions about the project also are invited to call or email for more information.

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Emailing a question...
written by ca215, November 20, 2012
How about providing, before the meeting, an image of the area where the geothermal well is to be...including earthquake faults large AND small?

Years ago the Clearlake Oaks Grange held informational meetings regarding the projected installation of a geothermal plant to be built on Sulphur Bank Road, right on top of a large fault line.
Citizens from all around the Lake attended the meeting I got to.

One of the people lined up to submit a question at that meeting was myself.
"Sir? Do you live in Lake County?"
Lecturer: "Well, no. Now as I was saying..."
Myself: "Excuse my interruption of your script presentation. It seems that nearly all projects planned to be built in Lake County are dreamed up by people who do not live here so would not be affected by what you are calling "an incident" when you really mean"an earthquake."

"Lake County gets many very small 'shakers' every day. We're used to that. But if the Plants' vibrations hit the fault at just the "right" place, rapidly escaping lethal toxins could kill every being --- birds in the air, humans on the land, fish in the Lake --- within just a few seconds.
Presenter: "Oh now you know I said that the Plant would be securely anchored and any "incident" would go without even being noticed as you say the small daily quakes are not noticed."

The Project failed to get approval. Many people from away seem to think that they can force Lake County-ites to accept nearly anything including the presenters' geothermal plant.
I apologize for the background info above; I wrote it to show that we here are not stupid and would rather not experience the death of every being for miles around as quickly as a person might snap his fingers in the event of an "incident.".

Again I feel that a "map" of the area where the geothermal well is planned, including fault lines should be available for all to see. Will the backers of this project provide such information?

My question may be asked too late; I have been ill and was not aware that the well was even being planned.

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