Public Opinion about Geothermal Development

  • Edgar W. Butler
  • James B. Pick


A recent review of public involvement in planning public works projects carried out by the Comptroller General’s Office of the U.S. Government suggested that public participation in the government’s decision-making process has long been recognized as a necessity for planning and developing public works projects (1974:i). This report is relevant to Imperial County’s geothermal development, which, although stemming from private sector projects, has an unusually strong governmental involvement. The Comptroller General’s Office feels that traditional public hearings do not allow the public to express its opinions and do not provide a good forum for evaluating and discussing issues and policy alternatives. Thus, there is a belief that the public hearing process is insufficient and that an effective public involvement effort should make sure of the following:
  1. (1)

    The public has an opportunity to be heard earlier, before major project decisions are made.

  2. (2)

    Adequate notice of opportunities for involvement is provided to interested or potentially affected parties.

  3. (3)

    Frequent forums are held throughout all stages of project development.



Public Opinion Thermal Development Strict Regulation Geothermal Resource Local Government Official 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgar W. Butler
    • 1
  • James B. Pick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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