Local residents complain about water temperatures in Seneca Lake


of Claus Ludewig
There is a mining farm on the shores of Seneca Lake, which is causing residents to get upset about extreme water temperatures.

Cryptomining consumes a lot of electricity, so digging for virtual money is definitely considered environmentally harmful. China recently announced that it would take action against the mining of cryptocurrencies. Now residents in the US state of New York are complaining about the extreme water temperatures of Seneca Lake. The background is a Greenidge mining farm on the shores of the lake. After all, the miners need a lot of computing power that needs to be cooled somehow. The power plant uses lake water for this purpose.

Mining farm provides whirlpool

According to the permits, the operators with their around 8,000 mining rigs are theoretically allowed to pump up to 500 million liters of water from the lake every day to cool their computers. After running through the cooling circuit, the operators have to feed the water back into Seneca Lake. In summer, the released water can be up to 42 degrees, in winter up to 30 degrees. Many residents are protesting against the crypto plant and complaining about the temperatures being far too high. “The lake is so warm that you feel like you are in a whirlpool,” says Abi Buddington from Dresden, whose house is near the complex.

Greenidge CEO Jeff Kirt, on the other hand, argues that you are strictly within the permitted range of the environmental permit and that you also offset the carbon emissions you emit. By the end of the year, the owner company Atlas, to which Greenidge also belongs, wants to quadruple the amount of bitcoins mined and is planning further mining works. According to a study by the renowned Cambridge University, the mining of bitcoins currently consumes almost as much energy as the entire country of Austria. Only 39 percent of the energy used by miners was renewable in September 2020, according to the UK university.

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Collection to criticize mining farm on Seneca Lake:

  • Residents near Seneca Lake, New York State, complain about extreme water temperatures.
  • The fault is the Greenidge mining farm on the shores of Seneca Lake, which is likely to withdraw up to 500 million liters of water from the lake every day to cool the approximately 8,000 mining rigs and then channel the water back into Seneca Lake.
  • In the meantime, the water heats up to 42 degrees.
  • The operators of the mining farm, on the other hand, want to quadruple the amount of bitcoins mined by the end of the year and are planning to open more farms.
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