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Flathead Beacon
November 14, 2011

Flathead Electric Cooperative to Begin Exploratory Geothermal Drilling


After a long delay, Flathead Electric Cooperative is preparing to begin drilling in the Hot Springs area to explore the possibilities of geothermal energy.

In 2009, Rep. Denny Rehberg secured $491,000 for Flathead Electric Cooperative to use in pursuing geothermal exploration. At the time, the cooperative hoped to start drilling on a piece of land near Hot Springs by the following year, but the project was put on hold after the landowner died.

Lengthy negotiations with the landowner’s estate ensued, culminating with an agreement last month. Cheryl Talley, the cooperative’s director of energy, said site preparation is now underway. The well will be drilled at the site of an existing well, which was completed in 1982 to provide energy for an ethanol plant that was never built.

“We’ve got all our ducks in a row and drilling is scheduled for Dec. 12,” Talley said.


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