- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe National Forest is still accepting public comment about the potential environmental effects of a geothermal energy development on forest land.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports (https://goo.gl/ydz5la) the move comes after Nevada-based Ormat Technologies expressed interest on nearly 200,000 acres of land within forest boundaries.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the All Pueblo Council have both come out against the project. They say the project could have hurt water bodies and land near water bodies.

Environmentalists also say three listed species - Jemez Mountains salamander, New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, and Mexican spotted owl - could face more problems.

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Information from: Los Alamos Monitor, https://www.lamonitor.com

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