Springhill has geothermal lease rights in hand

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SPRINGHILL – Businesses looking to take advantage of mine based geothermal cost-savings can now deal directly with the Town of Springhill.

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Mayor Maxwell Snow confirmed this week the town officially has the long awaited leasing rights to the administer access to the mine-based geothermal heating and cooling beneath the community in hand, marking a significant accomplishment for the community. In June 2013 the province gave the town permission to run its own geothermal program but the final paperwork was held up until now.

“I really have to give [Cumberland South MLA] Jamie Baillie a lot of credit for helping us get this taken care of,” Mayor Snow said.

Springhill old mine workings holds an estimated 49 billion litres of water. Heat from the Earth is absorbed by water in the mines and temperatures are as much as 11 degrees Celsius higher than normal groundwater temperatures.

The mine-based geothermal in Springhill is protected by the province’s mineral act.

 

Town buys garage, converting to geothermal

SPRINGHILL – In a serendipitous first-step after acquiring the geothermal leasing rights from the province, the Town of Springhill is purchasing the garage it rents for the Public Works Department and converting the building to geothermal.

The decisions will offer significant savings to the town

The price of the Lisgar Street property is $310,000, which the town will pay over the next five years and save taxpayers $12,000 annually. Converting the building to use mine based geothermal for its heating a cooling runs approximately $70,000. The renovations would include insulating the building.

In a later interview with the mayor, it was noted the building borders on an area being prospected for coal reclamation. The mayor acknowledged the purchase reinforces the town’s commitment to mine-based geothermal and ensuring any effort to reclaim coal in Springhill doesn’t affect investments made by the town or citizens.

Organizations: Public Works Department

Geographic location: Lisgar Street

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  • Cathy Fisher
    December 18, 2013 - 12:30

    This is a perfect Christmas Gift for the Town of Springhill from the Nova Scota Government. This will bring renewed spirit to our Town that faces the unique situation with Geothermal and the possible problem with an Open Faced Mine. Let's protect our Geothermal!