28 Apr '12, 2pm

Hawaii Residents Raise Serious Concerns about PGV, Geothermal Energy’s Clean Energy Credentials

Hawaii Residents Raise Serious Concerns about PGV, Geothermal Energy’s Clean Energy Credentials

The experience of residents living near the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), about 20 miles south of Hilo on Hawaii’s “Big Island”, raises serious questions about the environmental health and safety of geothermal energy and power plants. Longstanding residents of area around PGV’s geothermal plant– now being expanded– were given a long overdue public hearing on geothermal energy recently at a special session of the Hawaii County Council in Pahoa. Their well-documented, well-presented testimony provides details of the history of what’s now the PGV geothermal energy plant’s development and operations over the decades since it first began producing electricity. It’s not a pretty picture. In fact, it’s very disturbing. Open venting of geothermal gases and liquids rife with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, poor environmental monitoring, control and reporting, corporate lies, lax...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/28/hawaii-residents-rais...

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