PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The community of Midland has been given about a half million dollars in funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help with plugging an unsafe geothermal well. Governor Dennis Daugaard awarded $515,000 in CDBG Urgent Need Funding to Midland. Daugaard says in a release that he commends the city and all its leaders for taking an active role in ensuring the health and safety of the community remains intact. A leak was discovered during a routine inspection of Midland’s geothermal heating system earlier this year. It was then that investigators determined the leak was coming from a geothermal well and that conditions made it too dangerous to repair it. The state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the contracted engineering firm both recommended that the well be plugged. The CDBG program provides local governments with funds to complete projects which improve living conditions. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the CDBG program and it is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
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