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To improve the appearance of roads and buildings, city officials have imposed a three-month moratorium on new Bitcoin mining operations.
Massena, a town in New York near the Canadian border, has temporarily halted new Bitcoin (BTC) mining operations in the area.
According to a report by the Associated Press on Friday, Massena town officials mandated the 90-day moratorium on new Bitcoin mining activities due to aesthetic concerns.
Steve O’Shaughnessy, a Massena town supervisor, said miners littered roads with trailers laden with computers and other hardware required to mine Bitcoin. The AP report quoted O’Shaughnessy’s statement to WWNY-TV, saying:
“We don’t want it littered with these trailers that are pumping out Bitcoin. We just want to make sure if they are going to come here, that it’s a nice presentable building.”
Town officials will reportedly use the 90-day moratorium to ensure that roadsides in Massena are decluttered with trailers and shipping containers are moved off-road.
Meanwhile, Massena Electric is said to be in talks with three cryptocurrency companies. According to the AP, the power company also has a moratorium on working with new cryptocurrency miners.
With small border towns across North America losing factory jobs in recent years, Bitcoin and crypto mining operations represent a return of some industrial activities to places like Massena.
Cheap electricity is often a major draw for Bitcoin miners in these areas, and in exchange, these companies offer the promise of jobs and help to bootstrap the local economy.
Indeed, as a result of China’s massive crypto-mining crackdown and the expected East-to-West hash rate migration, these smaller towns in North America may see increased Bitcoin mining activity.
Meanwhile, despite the current hash rate drop, the major North American Bitcoin mining operations continue to expand their capacity in order to capture a larger share of the market.
North American Bitcoin miners controlling a larger share of the global hash rate distribution may also help the industry gain favour with regulators, particularly in terms of environmental conservation.