The Hawaii Tribune-Herald has this item on big geothermal plans on the Big Island. Excerpt:

The search for geothermal energy under the dormant Hualalai volcano is moving forward.

A University of Hawaii researcher has asked the state Board of Land and Natural Resources for a geothermal exploration permit to conduct a noninvasive geophysical study of the west rift zone of Hualalai, just north of Kailua-Kona.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, researcher Nicole Lautze, with the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, said in her application. She did not return a phone message left at her office by press time Monday.

The Land board is scheduled to consider the application Friday. The meeting is held in Honolulu and begins at 9 a.m. …

Hawaii, as you may be aware, is overly dependent on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs.


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Volcanic emissions on the Big Island.


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