To promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under existing geothermal leases, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act''.
SEC. 2. GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION NOTICE AND EXCLUSION.
(a) Definition of Geothermal Exploration Test Project.--In this section the term ``geothermal exploration test project'' means the drilling of a well to test or explore for geothermal resources on lands leased by the Department of the Interior for the development and production of geothermal resources, that-- (1) is carried out by the holder of the lease; (2) causes-- (A) less than 1 acre of soil or vegetation disruption at the location of each geothermal exploration well; and (B) not more than 5 acres of soil or vegetation disruption during access or egress to the test site; (3) is developed-- (A) no deeper than 2,500 feet; (B) less than 8 inches in diameter; (C) in a manner that does not require off-road motorized access other than to and from the well site along an identified off-road route for which notice is provided to the Secretary of the Interior under subsection (c); (D) without construction of new roads other than upgrading of existing drainage crossings for safety purposes; and (E) with the use of rubber-tired digging or drilling equipment vehicles; and (4) is completed in less than 45 days, including-- (A)...