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.