Herzig: State Law Prohibits It
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Enthusiasm about municipal geothermal heating, pursued warmly last spring, has turned cool with the weather.
City Mayor Gary Herzig and Town Supervisor Bob Wood have become aware of a state Health Department regulation prohibiting placing geothermal pipes alongside drinking-water mains.
“I don’t think Egg was aware of the regulations,” said Wood. “I think he was very enthusiastic about cities using geothermal energy.” The town did not contract a feasibility study, he said, but some Southside businesses are conferring with Egg.
For Herzig, the finding came out of a $10,000 feasibility study by consultant Jay Egg that found the project unfeasible. “I certainly would never have signed a contract if I had known the purpose of the project was strongly forbidden by the state,” the mayor said.