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Geothermal Project

The Underground Miners have been working closely with Jim Sovaiko and Lackawanna County to develop a new source of heating and cooling energy utilizing the mine pool of the Northern Anthracite Field. In early 2007 the UGM team and Jim set out to document mine pool temperatures in different parts of the valley. Mine pool temperatures were estimated but no one ever confirmed this. We also had to get temp readings from near the bottom of the pool so we constructed a specialized pod to drop to the bottom of a shaft and read the temperature there. All was confirmed and we were on to the next step bringing this information to the county Commissioners. After much planning and site mapping, we settled on a suitable location in Scranton where we had a drilling company come in and Bore 2 holes down into the New County Vein. We erected a small building and installed a commercially available heat pump that pumps the water out of one bore hole, sends it through the heating and cooling unit and then returns it through another borehole. This system works beautifully and what from what the engineers tell us the system will save home owners and businesses %50 in heating and cooling costs.

The Times Tribune's Report on our Project

The Times Leader's Report on our Project


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