Deep geothermal project stopped by feds

Two federal agencies are stopping a contentious California project from fracturing bedrock miles underground and extracting its geothermal energy until a scientific review determines whether the project could produce dangerous earthquakes, spokeswomen for the Energy and Interior Departments said on Monday.

Gosh, fracturing rock deep in the earth in an active earthquake zone. What could possibly go wrong? Deep geothermal is a great way to produce renewable energy. But the rock fracturing they do makes me nervous. And the feds too, apparently. Let’s make sure it’s safe.

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