“PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Newberry Crater south of Bend soon could become a bit more active, now that the BLM has approved a closely watched geothermal test project.
“There is potential of small seismic events,” said BLM spokeswoman Lisa Clark said Monday. “We feel that people in the area might feel a little rumbling, but it will probably feel like a piece of heavy equipment driving by.”
Davenport-Newberry Holdings and AltaRock plan to test a new technology, Engineered Geothermal Systems.
The companies say they plan to use and existing geothermal well on the western side of the volcano.
The companies also plan to use a process called hydro-shearing, where they pump water 6,000-10,000 feet below the surface of the Earth.
Unlike fracking, a controversial process where rock is cracked open by high water pressure, the two companies say they plan to use existing cracks and widen them slightly, using far less…
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