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January 13, 2009

Harnessing methane from cow pies

After reading an article from the Associated Press, the Green Business Association contacted Dry Creek Dairy southwest of Murtaugh, Idaho and spoke with the owner, Louis Bettencourt.

According to Mr. Bettencourt, they had some technical difficulties in the methane production, but it is now running smoothly. He also said that selling methane gas to the local utility company is a "win-win sitution. We are now providing enough methane gas to power 12,000 homes." When asked about the resulting cow pie without the methane, he said that it is composted and sold to various operations mainly to be used to enhance garden soil.

To read the Associated Press article by John Miller, that was published in the Spokesman Review on December 20th, 2008 go to www.spokesman.com/stories/2008/dec/20/cow-pie-central/).

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