The objective is the same: Energy.
The company in charge of a California project to extract vast amounts of renewable energy from deep, hot bedrock has removed its drill rig and informed federal officials that the government project will be abandoned.
the earth’s bedrock could be quickly tapped as a clean and almost limitless energy source.
The process is the same: Drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
The results of that review have not yet been announced, but the type of geothermal energy explored in Basel and at the Geysers requires fracturing the bedrock then circulating water through the cracks to produce steam. By its nature, fracturing creates earthquakes, though most of them are small.
The major differences that I see are:
- Geothermal energy creates no pollution while natural gas extraction generates massive amounts of toxic waste.
- The oil and gas industry spends billions greenwashing, propagandizing and lobbying.
The project’s apparent collapse comes a day after Swiss government officials permanently shut down a similar project in Basel, because of the damaging earthquakes it produced in 2006 and 2007.
Why is one kind of fracking earthquake acceptable while another kind is unacceptable?
What do you think?