Valley Watch comment: "Coal to liquids technology has been available for nearly a century but it has never achieved feasibility except in countries without access to petroleum like Nazi Germany and South Africa during apartheid."
Lexington Hearld Leader article:
Gov. Steve Beshear is taking a $400,000 grant back from Peabody Energy Corp. because the company has made no visible progress toward studying the feasibility of a $3 billion coal-to-liquids plant in Western Kentucky. Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration awarded the grant in May.
Peabody originally told state officials that it might build a $3 billion plant near Sturgis in Union County to convert regional coal into synthetic diesel fuel. But the company submitted no progress reports or invoices for any of the $400,000, said Brad Stone, assistant director for research, development and demonstration at the Governor's Office of Energy Policy.
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