Coal-to-fuel plant for Wis. electricity gets 4th extension
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a coal-to-liquid fuel factory proposed for western North Dakota have been granted a fourth extension of state aid to study the project. The extension is through the end of the year.
Project spokesman David Straley said that a decision on whether to build the $4 billion project depends on a change of political climate and favorable coal legislation.
The state Industrial Commission in 2006 committed up to $10 million in state aid from coal tax collections to help weigh the project’s potential. About $1.3 million has been used so far.
The plant would use low-grade but abundant lignite coal from North Dakota to produce 460 million gallons of gasoline annually. The factory also would generate electricity for markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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