More than 270 buildings have developed cracks after an attempt by a small town in the Black Forest to tap into geothermal energy far below ground. Drilling released groundwater under a central square in Staufen in Breisgau, in the southwestern corner of Germany. The town at first sank a few millimetres and then began to rise. A long crack opened up in the new town hall, the building which the authorities had wanted to be heated by the underground energy when drilling began in 2007.
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