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Jul 24, 2015

Tester bills included in major bipartisan energy package

Senator’s provision increase geothermal development on public lands

(U.S. Senate) - Senator Jon Tester successfully included his bill to increase geothermal energy development on Montana's public lands into a major bipartisan energy package.

Tester's Geothermal Energy Opportunity (GEO) Act would allow oil and gas developers on public lands to also harness geothermal potential without having to go through a lengthy approval process. The bill would also establish a national goal of producing 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power by 2025.

"If we're serious about increasing America's energy independence, we must get creative," Tester said. "Tapping Montana's geothermal resources and investing in geothermal research and development will broaden our energy portfolio and create jobs. I'm pleased this bill is moving forward."

The bipartisan energy package announced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) yesterday also includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Senator Tester's Making Public Lands Public Act.

The bill currently sits in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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