The public meeting RESPEC and its partners in the Deep Borehole Field Test had planned to hold in Philip last month evidently got called for weather. Now they get a double-header: Haakon County Commission meeting in Philip tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1 p.m., then rescheduled public meeting on the engineering project from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Philip American Legion. There’s another public meeting next week Thursday, February 16, in Midland at Trinity Lutheran Church. Both public meetings include supper.
This flyer for the Midland meeting sent to me by an interested reader shows a couple of details about the site—15 acres, about six city blocks, with a drill rig mast 150 feet high. It also breaks out the estimated local economic impact of over $5 million
- Jobs: $950,000
- Fuel: $900,000
- Room and Board: $1,250,000
- Site Construction: $500,000
- Trailer Rentals: $170,000
- Disposal of dirt, rock, and drill mud hauled up from the Borehole: $225,000
- Local Services: $350,000
- Trucking: $200,000
- Site Reclamation: $150,000
- Local Infrastructure Investment: $700,000
- Local Education Outreach Investment: $200,000
Hmm… RESPEC and the U.S. Department of Energy are going to spring for paving some roads or putting up new power lines under “Infrastructure”? Well, that would be nice. But let’s be cautious about calculating “education outreach” as economic impact: bringing the kids out for field trips to see if they can see three miles down has value, but it probably won’t be measured in a dollar figure.
Neither the supper nor the Borehole project will involve any nuclear waste. Citizens United for a Non-Nuclear South Dakota remain suspicious.
The South Dakota House may be waiting for input from these public meetings; for the third meeting in a row, the House deferred action on House Bill 1071, Rep. Lana Greenfield’s proposal to require Legislative approval of any high-level nuclear waste dump in South Dakota.