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Illinois Governor Quinn vetoes bills to set up coal-to-gas plants March 15, 2011

Posted by Laura Arnold in Uncategorized.
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Editor’s Note: We received a “heads-up” on this action in Illinois from our friends with the Illinois Solar Energy Association. It appears that Illinois is not drinking the coal gasification “Kool Aid”.

Original article: http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/249447/18/Quinn-vetoes-bills-to-set-up-coal-to-gas-plants
5:04 PM, Mar 14, 2011  |  2 comments

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed bills allowing construction of two coal-to-gas power plants that had angered environmentalists and consumer advocates.

The bills would have allowed a $3 billion coal gasification plant on Chicago’s southeast side and a $1 billion outfit in Jefferson County in southern Illinois. Utility companies would have been required to buy synthetic natural gas from the plants for a decade or more.

But critics said the synthetic natural gas made from coal and refining waste would cost more than natural gas and be passed onto consumers.

Quinn acknowledged that in his veto messages. He says “our investments in clean coal must not come at the expense of consumers.”

Environmentalists feared pollution caused by coal gasification.

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The bills are SB1927 and SB3388
Online:
www.ilga.gov  

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