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Committees pass geothermal bill

A bill intended to restore county oversight of geothermal development received support from two House committees Tuesday.

The Water and Land and Energy and Environmental Protection committees passed SB 2663 with amendments, lawmakers announced.

A House press release said the bill would restore county-level oversight for geothermal development in agricultural, rural and urban districts. The Legislature eliminated that oversight in 2012.

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources would retain authority of projects in conservation districts.


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