Bill gives state ownership to earth’s heat

A lawmaker has presented a proposal to include the potential thermal energy of the earth as property of the state.

The lawmaker,  Laura Garro Sánchez of the Partido Acción Ciudadana, suggested a change in the Costa Rica constitution to do this. She said that coal and petroleum which maybe underground already are state property.

The lawmaker also praised geothermal production of electricity as an environmental benefit. The measure is No. 20.041.

The  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad already has constructed some geothermal power plants, but there has been some controversy because the best areas for such facilities are in national parks. Others use the earth’s heat for thermal pools at tourism locations.

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