SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators have approved a
28-mile FutureGen Alliance pipeline proposal that will carry carbon dioxide
through the western part of the state.
The Illinois Commerce Commission said it signed off on the
proposal May 13. But its permission is contingent on federal officials giving
final approval to the $1.68 billion project.
FutureGen will capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning
power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia. The carbon dioxide would
then be injected into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the
east and stored.
Organizers of the long-planned public-private project want
permits to inject 1.1 million metric tons a year for 20 years in a practice
known as “carbon sequestration.”
The permits would be the first in the nation for injecting
and storing the gas underground.
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