This seems like a very scary scenario to me, but what do I know. Evidently , some scientists are thinking of injecting water, well more like pumping
water, into the sides of a dormant volcano in Oregon to cause earthquakes.
Why? They are going to experiment and explore underneath in a quest for geothermal energy.
Here's more on the subject:
According to a report MIT submitted to the Department of Energy, two percent of the heat some six miles below the ground could provide 2,500 times
as much energy as the country currently uses. By employing a technique called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), several million gallons of water are
blasted at high pressures through artificial wells over 10,000 feet deep. When the water reaches the hot rocks, it returns to the surface through a
second well as scalding hot water, where its heat can then be harvested for power.
Backed by the DOE, Google and others, AltaRock Energy and Davenport Newberry Holdings have been exploring ways to tap geothermal energy from the
Pacific Northwest volcano, and will put their knowledge to the test this summer at Oregon’s Newberry Volcano. “We know the heat is there,” Susan
Petty, president of AltaRock, told the Huffington Post. “The big issue is can we circulate enough water through the system to make it economic.”
Over the last century, engineers have been tapping the heat in the earth’s crust for power by gathering hot water or steam bubbling near the surface
to spin turbines that create electricity. Places with hot rocks lacking cracks or water to deliver the stream is the new frontier. That’s where EGS
comes into play. By drilling deep into the rocks where water is then pumped in, steam can be drawn out, a process known as hydroshearing. Though it
sounds similar to hydrofracking, scientists claim that the technique used in this scenario is entirely different, which will not pollute groundwater
with toxic chemicals. But what about triggering earthquakes? The effects of pumping the water deep into the ground will be measured using sensors that
will provide microseismicity data to scientists to ensure that the water is getting the right exposure and not triggering seismic activity.
They also claim that they will not be injecting chemicals into the ground and pollute the underground as they do in fracking.
This sounds great and yet, at the same time, I'm leery of them messing with Mother Nature.
Only time will tell......