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Big Island volcano geothermal study planned

Hualalai volcano (Image source: J. Kauahikaua via Wikimedia Commons). Hualalai volcano (Image source: J. Kauahikaua via Wikimedia Commons).

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A researcher at the University of Hawaii is seeking to conduct a geothermal energy study of the dormant Hualalai volcano on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald, a Hilo newspaper, reports researcher Nicole Lautze with the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology is asking the state Board of Land and Natural Resources for a geothermal exploration permit.

The application seeks to conduct the study at the west rift zone of the volcano, which is located just north of Kailua-Kona.

The project would be funded by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The board is expected to consider the application Friday during a meeting in Honolulu.

Researchers have obtained permission from landowners of nine parcels of land where researchers would conduct surveys.

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