- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A planned experimental well on Tybee Island won’t likely be pumping water anytime soon because of an expensive dispute between Georgia state officials and a contractor.

The Savannah Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/2gTaqBg ) Kevin Clark, director of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, told island residents Thursday work on the 4,000-foot-deep well has ground to a halt.

That’s because a casing deep in the well collapsed in August just days before testing was to begin. Clark says neither state officials nor the contractor are willing to pay the $4.2 million spent on the damaged well so far. The state is now trying to terminate its contract with Layne Christensen Co.

The Tybee well was part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s $300 million initiative to expand Georgia’s drinking water supply statewide.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, https://www.savannahnow.com

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