Springhill: A geothermal future
In the 1950s, the town of Springhill, N.S., was devastated by two of the worst mining disasters in Canadian history. An explosion in 1956 killed 39 miners, and another 74 died in the "bump" of 1958. Despite much hardship, the people of Springhill have shown a will to survive that is tougher than coal.
In Springhill, groundwater is pumped from shallow parts of old mines and runs through heat pumps at the surface. It returns to the mines after use. The resulting energy is powerful enough to heat or cool industrial buildings.
As finite resources of oil and gas are depleted, geothermal energy may prove to be a viable alternative to fossil fuel.
Broadcast Date: June 15, 1992
Guest(s): Ralph Ross
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Patricia Chew
Last updated: June 3, 2014
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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