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Geothermal Drilling; Latest 'incident' adds to worries

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Tim, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Drilling through the crust to expose power sources? I know the Earth isn't exactly the most safe natural object around and things occur naturally but should we really be continuing on with this sort of experimentation when several incidents have already occurred?

    The latest earthquake caused by German engineers is a sign that should give worry to anyone reading about it.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/utilities/article6835478.ece

    One quote on this situation states that small earthquakes are of course caused by the drilling and they help perform the task. That the damage that may or may not be caused afterwards is the real question. Acceptable collateral damage? Is there such a thing when messing with the Earths crust?

    Cue latest disaster movie.............
     
  2. astonwest

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    Wasn't digging deep around fault lines the general premise behind the volcano movie with Tommy Lee Jones?
     
  3. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Hmm, I only remember people in suits in the sewage system getting toasted prior to it popping its cork. Can't actually recall anything more once the action got going apart from the general laughter!

    This is why I reckon we need to quickly build some more nuclear power stations though. Tried and tested short term power with known issues that can be kept under control by regulation. Then safely explore alternative power sources in the interim.
     

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