A small German town is apparently sinking after geothermal probes were employed to extract environmentally-friendly heating. Only weeks after the Staufen's "forward-thinking" town council embarked on the project, cracks began to appear in many of the town's historic buildings, including the town hall, area schools and residences. Assuming the town doesn't disappear into a giant sinkhole, the cost to repair the damage is expected to cost several thousand carbon credits.
The problems began when, as part of the refurbishment of the town hall -- built in 1546 -- the council decided to heat the building with geothermal power from deep below the earth's surface. In September last year an Austrian company sunk seven geothermal probes 140 meters into the ground.cp: Dust My Broom