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Gilberton Coal-to Clean Fuels and Power Project, PA

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Local officials, Local citizens

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: The developer planned a 41 megawatt coal-to-oil plant to convert anthracite waste coal into fuel, producing 5,000 barrels of diesel fuel a day.  The project qualified for a substantial federal grant and had political support. A 2007 environmental impact statement was issued in preparation for disbursement of federal funds.  However, the developer could not secure private financing and the project has not moved forward.

Local citizen groups opposed development due to the potential CO2 emissions from the process.  Sierra Club opposed the project as part of its national strategy to oppose all coal projects.  It lists the project as a “victory” on its “Stopping the Coal Rush” website.  

SOURCES: http://fossil.energy.gov/fred/factsheet.jsp?doc=3611&projtitle=Gilberton 
http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/factsheets/project/Proj225.pdf
http://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/projects/co_production/
http://www.ultracleanfuels.com/articles/pi_011408.htm 
http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/coalpower/cctc/ccpi/bibliography/demonstration/coal-processing/ccpi_gilberton.html

LAST UPDATED:  December 3, 2010