Battelle has a new South Dakota player for the Deep Borehole Field Test! An eager reader points me toward the September 15 edition of the Philip Pioneer Review, which reports local landowners M.R. and Barbara Hansen telling the Haakon County Commission on September 6 that they are talking with Battelle about bringing the engineering project to their land:
M.R. and Barbara Hansen, Philip, discussed the possibility of Haakon County being the site for a deep borehole field test. The test would consist of boring an eight inch hole, down to a depth of three miles. Researchers would study the type of rock, chemistry of the water, at what depth do various types of rock appear, temperatures and other geologic data. It is possible a second drill with a 16 inch diameter hole could happen.
M. Hansen stated 10 acres would be needed for the test. A cement pad and a pit area would be constructed. When the test is finished the hole would be capped. The test is expected to last for five years.
M. Hansen said according to material he had obtained about the project, Haakon County businesses could see an estimated $1 million in revenue with the state seeing $10 million. The project would be overseen by the S.D. School of Mines and Technology, RESPEC, a consulting firm, and Battelle, a research firm.
The commission requested some more information, but did give verbal approval for Hansen to proceed with the proposal [Nancy Haigh, “Wide Range Discussed at Commissioners’ September Meeting,” Philip Pioneer Review, 2016.09.15].
Funny: I thought all that geothermal activity out Philip way would get in the way of conducting the Deep Borehole Field Test. But the Hansens apparently are hearing otherwise, and the Haakon County Commission, at least on first hearing, didn’t jump all over themselves to nuke the project based on any local fears that the project would bring nuclear waste to town.