Tag Archives: Geothermal Energy

Hot water holds many opportunities for S. Oregon farms

No matter the season, the fish are always jumping. That’s because Ron Barnes and Tracey Liskey are tossing handfuls of fish food into one of their several fish ponds where they’re raising 2-pound tilapia that are live-trucked to fish markets in Seattle and San Francisco. Some remains local, often sold to Klamath Basin residents who […]
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Workshop to drill down on Newberry’s energy potential

55 scientists travel to Bend for geothermal workshop. Most Central Oregonians know Newberry Volcano for its scenic views and location within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. But the western flank of the mountain, just outside the monument boundaries, has attracted international attention as a unique source of a new type of clean energy. Source: Workshop […]
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Geothermal mess complicated, its answer not easy | Editorials

We suppose the good news is that the City of Klamath Falls is trying to move ahead on solving its geothermal problems. The bad is that the problem exists at all and may have existed for years. The message was delivered by Public Works Director Mark Willrett to the City Council in a work session […]
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City violating geothermal ordinance; looks at options

The City of Klamath Falls is violating its geothermal ordinance, according to Public Works Director Mark Willrett. He asked members of council and city staff Monday how the city plans to address the issue. The discussion occurred in a work session about the conditions of one of its aquifers where Willrett said that the city […]
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USGS survey analyzes earthquake hazards, geothermal resources

A survey conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey is assessing fault lines and possible geothermal resources on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Basalt cliffs run up the hillside along Thorn Hollow Road overlooking the Umatilla River, where Jonathan Glen and Brent Ritzinger with the U.S. Geological Survey arrived in a white Chevy Suburban. The scientists parked […]
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Low-flying Cessna searching for fault lines, geological clues

The U.S. Geological Survey will be conducting flights over Pendleton and the Umatilla Indian Reservation as part of a project to study geothermal resources and earthquake hazards Residents should not be alarmed if they spot the low-flying plane, which will be recording measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field to glean information about fault lines and […]
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What’s hot, what’s not

Why are some geothermal wells in the Klamath Basin cooling off after years of being a primary heat source for many homes? That’s what Bob Brodmerkle and others would like to know. Brodmerkle, owner and operator of R.H. Brodmerkle Enterprises, started out in heating and cooling repair industry in the mid-1960s. He is seeing a […]
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Dropping temperatures in geothermal wells merits careful scrutiny — Opinion

Klamath Falls has long been known for its use of geothermal heat steaming from aquifers of hot water created by the Earth’s natural processes. The heat, most of it generated by radioactive decay at the Earth’s core where the temperature is estimated at 9,000 to 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit, makes its way through cracks and seams […]
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