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Could New Clean Energy Source Trigger Quakes?

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posted on Dec, 21 2009 @ 01:50 PM
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Could New Clean Energy Source Trigger Quakes?


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Worries about the link between this new power source and earthquakes came to the fore in 2006, when the building of a geothermal plant in the Swiss city of Basel triggered a series of tremors. Although no one was injured, the quakes caused $9 million in damage and seriously shook the locals. On Tuesday, Swiss prosecutors opened their case against Markus Haering – head of Geothermal Explorers, the firm behind the project – who they accuse of deliberately causing landslides.
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posted on Dec, 21 2009 @ 01:50 PM
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The Basel plant, which was finally closed on Dec. 10, didn't just cause trouble in Switzerland. On Dec. 11, U.S. firm AltaRock Energy shut down a California geothermal project known as the Geysers that was based on a similar design as Basel. The Energy Department – which supplied $6 million in funding – had been investigating the project's safety following reports by federal officials that the company had failed to supply sufficient information about the Basel quakes when applying for the go-ahead. But AltaRock also had other serious engineering problems at the site: It couldn't break through shallow formations known as caprock to reach the hot strata.

Experts accept that the closure of Basel and the Geysers is a setback for geothermal power. But, says Colin Williams, a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, neither closure "is a showstopper." He says the technology behind projects such as Basel is still at a relatively "early stage." And while he has no doubts it will eventually be advanced enough to use in urban areas, "it's wiser that we do this in less sensitive locations at the moment, so then we can build up a series of case histories."

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posted on Dec, 21 2009 @ 03:05 PM
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Didn't old Nikola Tesla once say he could split the Earth two by creating a device which resonates with the Earth at the right frequency...this reminds me of that post about a guy having a conversation with God...how we'll have to learn to live with technologies which could possible destroy our entire civilization in an instant...scary stuff...

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