Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Law Encouraging “Clean Coal” Development

A new bill recently signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn provides infrastructure for so-called “clean coal” projects in southern Illinois.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation that aids plans by Denbury Resources and the FutureGen Alliance to construct pipelines to transport carbon dioxide from several clean coal plants proposed for the state, an aide to the governor confirmed Wednesday.

Quinn, a Democrat, did not issue a signing statement.

S.B. 1821 passed the Democrat-controlled General Assembly earlier this year and had been sitting on the governor’s desk since late June….

Texas-based Denbury backed the bills, saying the eminent domain provision is essential for it to move forward with plans to build a 700-mile-long, billion-dollar pipeline to carry CO2 from several plants in Illinois, Indiana and possibly Kentucky to the Gulf Coast for use in enhanced oil extraction.

The Illinois measure also is needed for the $1.3 billion FutureGen 2.0 project at Ameren Illinois’ Meredosia power plant in Morgan County. The legislation allows for an approximately 32-mile-long pipeline to be built from Meredosia, which will be repowered with oxy-combustion technology, to a storage site elsewhere in the southern Illinois county.

Phil Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association, called S.B. 1821 “the framework for getting carbon dioxide capture and storage. It’s an important step in the process and we’re glad we’ve got it in place.”

The future of the state’s coal industry, he added, “is replacing existing power plants with clean coal technology.”

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