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Getting a sand mine and geothermal energy plant



March 25, 2011 – Comments (6)

We are getting some pretty amazing economic development where I live.  The shale gas needs lots of frac sand and we seem to have the right kinds of rocks to make that sand so there are plans to start building a mine to supply the oil and gas industry here with sand for fracking.  It is supposed to create about 60 permanent jobs, and with a population of only 600 people, that's 10%.

Currently our electricity is diesel generated.  There has been tons of oil and gas drilling here so they have a good idea of what they are working with.  They have plans to build a geothermal plant in the next two years and hopefully bring affordable electricity to the community.  Actually, the budget to build the plant seems totally out of whack with the size of the community, but it is being paid for by grants and once built, the electricity should be very cheap.  Phase I is electricity, phase II is to pump heat to homes.  Given that my last heating bill was $1300, I wouldn't mind that at all.

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#1) On March 25, 2011 at 6:58 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

$1300??? Good grief!!!

I am excited about your community getting the geothermal plant. Generating electricity that way is my favorite method. 

My best to you and yours,


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#2) On March 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM, OneLegged (< 20) wrote:

To what do you attribute that $1300 bill? 

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#3) On March 25, 2011 at 7:36 AM, OneLegged (< 20) wrote:

That significantly more than I gross per month!

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#4) On March 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM, CCLEGG (< 20) wrote:

I'm guessing that fills his propane tank, not a monthly bill?

Geothermal has been around forever LOL,

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#5) On March 28, 2011 at 9:26 PM, dwot (29.24) wrote:

That $1300 bill was for about 10 weeks or so.  It is really cold north of 60, so utilities are expensive here.  Actually, everything is expensive here.  I guess gas is around $5.50 a gallon right now, milk about $9 a gallon.

Workers here get a northern allowance living here, it is about an extra $500 per month over your salary.  People who live in a fly-in community get up to an extra $1500 per month above their salary.

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#6) On March 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Re: #5

Okay, that makes more sense. I knew that you are in a remote area. I was not aware just how remote. I thought you were more south, closer to the area around Vancouver.

I hope you are doing well. Warmer weather is just around the corner.

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