Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power will set new benchmarks for environmentally responsible lithium and energy development in the United States.
CTR is working closely with all relevant government, regulatory, and environmental bodies to ensure the necessary environmental permitting and approvals are formalized.
In addition to working with key regulatory bodies, CTR has focused on engaging and understanding the needs of its community partners.
CTR is determined as a primary core value to be the most environmentally conscious and proactive steward of its lands and processes throughout its projects continued development and operations.
Direct lithium extraction from thermal brine offers a clean, fast and cost-effective solution to traditional ‘hard rock’ and ‘evaporation pond’ mining methods.
Corporate Social Responsibility
CTR has been active in the environmental discussion with the Salton Sea community from day one.
These discussions have advanced to negotiations with groups interested in developing restoration wetlands projects, solar developments and biomass projects within the CTR leasehold areas.
CTR control over 7000 acres of exposed lakebed. These areas can be used either for restoration efforts or commercial projects to assist in mitigating further environmental impacts caused by the receding shoreline. Given that geothermal and minerals production only covers a small footprint, CTR are in a unique position to assist the community in this regard.
CTR is engaged with government and environmental groups working toward Salton Sea restoration efforts.
CTR continues to work with California state agencies namely the CNRA (California Natural Resources Agency) and its sub-agency DWR (Division of Water Resources) regarding the development of the Alcott Wetlands Habitat Project.
Hydrology modelling has been completed covering various scenarios which is a significant step forward. DWR are currently working with other related state and federal agencies and their requirements to implement an adaptive management plan.
CTR is also assisting in the development of an endangered species mitigation solution and working with USFWS (US Fish and Wildlife Services) who has a major stakeholder in the area – The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge includes many thousands of acres of protected habitat and CTR are positioned to develop a ‘stand-alone’ wetlands on our leasehold to help the cause.
The Unique History Of Hell’s Kitchen
The story of Hell’s Kitchen and Captain Davis
In 1908, an intriguing fellow by the name of Captain Davis built a cabin at Mullet Island on the shores of the Salton Sea and proudly proclaimed it “Hell’s Kitchen”.
The Captain went on to build a boat landing, restaurant and dance hall which attracted locals and celebrities for over a quarter of a century. A keen conservationist and entrepreneur, Captain Davis created the region’s first eco-tourism enterprise.
CTR is proud to honor his legacy by naming our renewable energy projects - Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Hell’s Kitchen Power after his pioneering spirit.
Salton Sea geothermal exploration
Early energy explorers in the region first attempted drilling operations in March 18, 1927 on Mullet Island (CTR’s current leasehold).
They drilled a small-bore test well to the depth of 700 feet and ran into strata of very hot steam and water. It was decided that further progress with a small test well was impossible. The well continued to blow steam and water for eighteen months.
Several more attempts were made to tap this powerful thermal resource, but it wasn’t until January 1st, 1964 that the first commercial geothermal well was purchased, near Niland; a few miles north of Calipatria. The 8,100 foot well, sent brine and steam rushing to the surface just two and a half months after operations began. The prime objective was to explore the potential of these steam geysers to generate electricity.
By the 1980’s, successful geothermal power plants flourished in the Salton Sea region with several commercial plants still operating to this day.
The Salton Sea is once again set to experience a ‘renewable energy renaissance’ with the United States Government and its agencies now supporting measures to accelerate over 1,700 megawatts of new geothermal production to supply reliable, baseload energy to California’s electricity grid as it transitions to 100% clean energy by 2045.
We salute those early explorers for their foresight and ambitious attempts to tame a truly powerful energy source with limited means. We’d also like to thank the talented men and women who’ve spent decades developing and refining the engineering designs, technologies and operations to harness this extraordinary energy resource for the benefit of future generations.