Morning Shots | December 13, 2010

“But as for you, South Dakota, though thou art little among the states of the Nation . . . .” (Argus Leader) Yes, but what good have we done with it?

An underground fire in Pierre has been burning for almost 3 months. (KOTA) Now, if we could just channel all of that heat into a boiler system for the capitol.

When promises must be kept. (Capital Journal) Interesting that none of this came out before the election. It might well have changed the outcome of one item on the ballot.

3 thoughts on “Morning Shots | December 13, 2010

  1. Woody, Interesting point on heating the Capitol. When I lived in Pierre some 33 years ago, it was water heated from a naturally occurring process that heated the water under ground. I can’t remember now what it exactly was, but I think it was because of natural gas underground that mixed with the water and it heated it warm enough to run through the building to provide heat. The fountain east of the Capitol has a year around burning flame on it to burn of the natural gas as it comes up so that the lake it flows into doesn’t catch fire. That has also happened when the wind blew the flame out, and when they relit it, the whole lake went up.

  2. Woody, Interesting point on heating the Capitol. When I lived in Pierre some 33 years ago, it was water heated from a naturally occurring process that heated the water under ground. I can’t remember know what it exactly was, but I think it was because of natural gas underground that mixed with the water and it heated it warm enough to run through the building to provide heat. The fountain east of the Capitol has a year around burning flame on it to burn of the natural gas as it comes up so that the lake it flows into doesn’t catch fire. That has also happened when the wind blew the flame out, and when they relit it, the whole lake went up.

    1. Howser,

      **Tried to get rid of duplicate comment but system restored it. Must be WP bug.**

      Thanks for the context on the Pierre piece. I can honestly say I was completely unaware of that. Sounds like tapping the methane coming off the landfill really is a logical next step.

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