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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:22 AM
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Manure mountain smolders on


MILFORD, Neb. (AP) - Urban dwellers who enjoy dining on filet mignon at five-star restaurants would probably just as soon not know about David Dickinson's problem.

Bad for the appetite, you know.

But Dickinson, who makes his living in the cattle business, has an environmental problem on his hands that is vexing state officials: a 2,000-ton pile of burning cow manure.

Dickinson owns and manages Midwest Feeding Co., about 20 miles west of Lincoln. It takes in as many as 12,000 cows at a time from farmers and ranchers and fattens them for market.

However, the bovine byproducts from the massive operation resulted in a dung pile 100 feet long, 30 feet high and 50 feet wide that spontaneously combusted about two months ago and continues to smolder, despite attempts to douse it.

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1638&u_sid=1320317
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:33 AM
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1. Sell it as "art"
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:35 AM by JHB
"Allegory of the Republican Media Machine"

Perfect for a huge, smoking pile of crap
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:26 PM
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18.  : )
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:35 AM
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2. Other ranchers have found a solution...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:40 AM by Opposite Reaction
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:21 PM
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15. That's a good solution
As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time standing in, smelling, wiping off, and shoveling cow manure, I'm all for it.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:49 PM
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17. Im still get homesick for grandpas ranch when I smell fresh manure
...but within reson.

I can see this system expanded to include waste from larger animal facilities. Now, if Carter were president, we would have an effective goverment plan for developing this. The next Dem President will be "encouraged" to do so.

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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:36 AM
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3. Use it for heat or to generate electricity.
I'm sure that is possible. It's a renewable resource.
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:42 AM
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4. Methane digesters
to create electricity.......in my last job I had the opportunity to visit a dairy operation that did just that....they generated all the electricity they needed for a 2,000 cow dairy operation, 60 ADDITIONAL HOMES and vehicles used on the farm....don't know what happened to the operation..........
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:58 AM
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5. Wow! Think how much energy could be produced
from all of the livestock in the US. I've got a horse who makes lots of manure. When I move to the country, I'lll have to set up an electrical generating facility!
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:14 PM
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6. LOL...
You'll need more than ONE horse.....

The people who set up the digester I saw were trying to sell the system to California where there are HUGE dairy operations and lots of manure....
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LiberallyInclined Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:21 PM
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8. but are the two related?
"...California where there are HUGE dairy operations and lots of manure...."

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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:24 PM
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9. She is a good source of organic fertilizer!
All natural food in - all natural horse poo out! Plus, I get lots of exercise scooping and hauling the poop.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:21 PM
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7. Stick a flag in it.
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:52 PM
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13. OMG! ROTFL That is beautiful! n/t
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:25 PM
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10. What to do with a 2,000-ton pile of smoldering shit....
Maybe they should just dynamite it into little pieces....

There is precedent for that approach-

http://perp.com/whale/
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:52 PM
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14. Send it to DC and add it to the steaming pile of shit already there.
n/t
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:23 PM
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16. Yes, indeed
The Exploding Whale, one fine project.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:49 PM
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11. Ah, darn... Just another thread about the MSM.
Talk about post-modernism... Sheesh. ;)
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:51 PM
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12. I thought you were talking about the latest Bush BS.
But this mountain would be a molehill next to Bush's pile.
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