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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Developers suspend most Rockport gasification plant-related activities"

Updating this April 30th ILB entry, here are some additional stories:

"As Indiana gasification plant stalls, so does CO2 pipeline" by Christa Marshall, for E&E Publishing. Some quotes from the beginning of the long story:

A major “clean” coal project that was once viewed as a keystone for cleaning up the Midwest’s greenhouse gas emissions appears near collapse. * * *

The $2.8 billion project’s suspension also stalls a first-of-its-kind CO2 pipeline from Denbury Resources that was considered a potential emissions game changer because it would have provided a link for additional, emissions-heavy Midwestern projects to carry captured carbon dioxide to enhanced oil recovery operations in the Gulf Coast.

Indiana Gasification, a subsidiary of Leucadia Corp., planned to carry captured carbon dioxide through the Midwest-Gulf Coast line, which Denbury explored in 2009 via a feasibility study, but had not yet built.

The CO2 pipeline “is not looking like a viable project at this point,” Denbury Resources spokesman Ernesto Alegria said Wednesday. The Indiana Gasification plant was the last remaining potential source of carbon dioxide for the proposed pipeline, Alegria said, and without it, there simply is no incentive to move forward with the greenhouse gas conduit.

“You have to have enough CO2 to make a project,” he said.

5/3/13 "Stepping off the gas", an editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

5/4/13 "Developers, lawmakers looks to Supreme Court for Rockport decision ", from Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier Journal. Some quotes from the long story:

Now that lawmakers have approved tough new regulatory oversight of the proposed $2.8 billion Rockport coal-to-gas plant, all eyes are on how the Indiana Supreme Court will handle the ongoing legal battle over the project.

Developers of the plant were dealt a tough blow by the General Assembly and acknowledged that the chances of their project going forward are now about 5 percent. They are looking to thread a tough needle now in court. * * *

The question is whether lawmakers left any room for the Supreme Court to find a way to strike the 37 words and yet green-light the contract in a way that doesn’t set into motion the new regulatory review. * * *

Opponents of the project which includes Vectren Corp., the Indiana Manufacturers Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and several consumer advocacy and environmental organizations are seeking a broader win.

They are asking the Supreme Court to also determine whether consumers should be guaranteed savings during the course of the 30-year contract, rather than just at its end, as well as whether the contract actually provides for a solid guarantee of those savings.

There is another key question related to the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Rockport contract: Whether one justice will recuse himself.

Justice Mark Massa, who was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels, previously served as Daniels’ general counsel and worked in the governor’s office when the Rockport project was in its early stages.

Lubbers, the Rockport project manager, is Massa’s friend he actually hired Massa from the Evansville Press to work in former Gov. Robert D. Orr’s administration and spoke at the justice’s investiture ceremony.

A cadre of opponents of the project said last week that Massa should not be involved in the court’s decision on Rockport.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 5, 2013 04:12 PM
Posted to Indiana Government