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The Top Ten FAQ, 2012

March 9, 2012

When the Newberry EGS Demonstration began in 2010, AltaRock Energy published Questions and Answers and a Whitepaper to our website, explaining the project.

We have recently finished the first phase of the project, a two year collaborative effort including federal agencies (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and Dept. of Energy), state agencies (Oregon Depts. of Geology and Mineral Industries, Environmental Quality, and Water Resources), government scientific labs (US Geological Survey and Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories), universities (Oregon State, Temple, and Texas A&M), and the well and geothermal lease owner (Davenport Newberry).

This effort concluded with public comments on the project’s Environmental Assessment prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

This week, we begin answering the ten most common questions about the project and our plans to protect the environment. Here are the topics we’ll cover:

  1. I’ve read that EGS uses water to stimulate cracks in underground rock. Is this same as the fracking that has been getting so much negative press lately?
  2. What chemicals will be injected into the ground?
  3. How much water is used and where will you get it?
  4. Will any water that you inject or produce enter the local or regional aquifers?
  5. Do you expect any toxic material in the water that returns from the test well?
  6. Will the demonstration cause damaging or ‘felt’ earthquakes?
  7. Can the stimulated fractures grow in an uncontrolled way into undesirable places?
  8. Can injecting cold water on hot rock disturb the Newberry volcano and cause a volcanic eruption?
  9. Will you build a power plant to generate electricity from the hot, circulated water as part of this project?
  10. How can I learn more?

If you don’t find your question answered in sufficient detail within this series, you can find more FAQs on our website. Additional resources will be provided at the end of the FAQ.

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