First, coal industry officials asked their supporters to get involved and back the proposed Trans-Gas coal-to-liquids plant in Mingo County. And now — on the even of a public hearing on the project — the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is trying to build opposition to an air pollution permit for the plant.
The OVEC Action Alert said:
Last week, we e-mailed you about a coal-to-liquids plant proposed for Mingo County, WV. If you haven’t already made comments, please click here for an easy online way to comment. Comments are due in this online format by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Dec 17. This proposed CTL plant would be built close to borders of WV, KY and VA, and would be among the first of a series of proposed toxic, billion-dollar boondoggles in coal-to-liquid technology in the US. This plant would set a national precedent – so please take the time to comment, no matter where you live. Please ask your friends and families to comment, too. Help show West Virginia and the rest of the nation that we don’t want coal-to-liquid plants as part of our nation’s energy future.
Coal industry lobbyists are in favor of this plant because they say it will increase local jobs and increase mountaintop removal coal mining. We need new jobs in Mingo County, but we need sustainable, long-term jobs that don’t poison our communities.
The public hearing for the proposed plant’s air permit is at 6 p.m. in Gilbert (Mingo County) tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center. Details on the hearing and more about the proposed plant here.
… This plant as proposed does nothing to address the increased greenhouse gas emissions that come from turning coal into a liquid transportation fuel. But coal industry supporters are pushing for it anyway, and the WVDEP Division of Air Quality proposes in its permit to do nothing to limit the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions or make the developers somehow address this issue. The WVDEP’s draft permit and engineering evaluation are available on the agency’s Web site.
Remember that, without carbon capture and storage technology, coal-to-liquids threatens to double the greenhouse gas emissions of typical petroleum-based transportation fuels. Even the U.S. Air Force has dropped plans to take this route to secure is future fuel needs.But despite all evidence against such a policy, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin continues to make bringing coal-to-liquid plants to the state a major focus of his energy policy, without insisting that such plants install CCS equipment.