WGIL News Audio: 7am News, Sports and Obits click HERE | For the latest WGIL news click HERE

IL Regulators OK FutureGen Pipeline Project

WGIL Newsroom . State News 130

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators have approved a 28-mile FutureGen Alliance pipeline proposal that will carry carbon dioxide through the western part of the state.

The Illinois Commerce Commission says it signed off on the proposal Tuesday. But their permission is contingent on federal officials giving final approval to the $1.68 billion project.

FutureGen will capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia. The carbon dioxide would then be injected into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east and stored.

Organizers of the long-planned public-private project want permits to inject 1.1 million metric tons a year for 20 years in a practice known as “carbon sequestration.”

The permits would be the first in the nation for injecting and storing the gas underground.

All AP stories are Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.