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Geothermal Boom may go Boom!

Posted by worthy (My Page) on
Fri, May 11, 12 at 15:01

Geothermal energy alternatives are catching on. But there can be unforeseen risks.

A bore hole recently drilled for a vertical geothermal system could have resulted in a potential disaster. The unregulated installer hit a pocket of natural gas that was only detected when a neighbour reported a bubbling in his sump. Turns out there is no regulation of deep drill bore holes in Ontario. Is this the the only jurisdiction without regulations?

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RE: Geothermal Boom may go Boom!

So they heated with gas then?

RE: Geothermal Boom may go Boom!

Likely wouldn't qualify under new rules in force last year. But thousands of southern Ontario homes are heated by private natural gas wells dating back to the early 20th Century in some cases.

RE: Geothermal Boom may go Boom!

How deep was the well? Don't know of any rules down here either. They drill as deep as it takes to get to the water for a well.

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