14 Oct '11, 9pm

Coal Collapse: Proposed Ohio Coal-to-Liquid Refinery Dead

CHICAGO (October 14, 2011) - The controversial effort to turn coal into diesel and aviation fuel in Ohio is dead after an agreement from its backers to move away from coal. The negotiated decision puts an end to challenges from environmental groups to Baard Energy's “Ohio River Clean Fuels” plant in Columbiana County and likely stands as another nail in the coffin for the expensive and highly polluting technology in the United States according to legal experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Sierra Club, who negotiated the settlement. “Coal to liquids technology has always been dirty and expensive---and today’s announcement makes it clear that it remains a bad bet,” said NRDC senior attorney Shannon Fisk. “Four years into this mess, the Baard facility has not been able to sort out its pollution permits or financing because making liquid fuel out of coal...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/111014a.asp

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