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County dump drills for methane

High atop the mountain of garbage that is the Berkeley County landfill, an emerging network of pipes could turn trash into treasure.

The 6-inch-wide plastic pipes started going down through the muck last week. They were the first visible evidence of an ambitious project unveiled in January.

Over the next week or so, 50 pipes will be sunk 50 to 150 feet into the garbage pile, avoiding the plastic liner at the bottom. They will pump up methane, part of the miasma that gives the place its distinctive smell.

The county can make money off methane by burning it or by selling it for electricity, according to Water & Sanitation Executive Director Colin Martin.

Burning methane keeps a prime suspect in global warming out of the air.