Coal-To-Liquid Fuel Plant Is Closer To Being Built

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Officials say a coal to liquid fuel plant is one step closer to being built in Pike County.

Congressman Hal Rogers and other officials visited Pikeville, heard the plans, and toured the possible site for a coal to liquid fuel plant.

Congressman Rogers says he likes what he saw and what he heard.

He believes the project needs to move forward to help cut gas prices, and create jobs in eastern Kentucky, and he said he thinks the Pike County site is the best place to start.

Pike County officials and Engineers want to turn these 225 acres at Big Shoal into a coal to liquid fuel plant.

Congressman Hal Rogers and dozens of other officials toured the site and learned how the plant will come to life.

Engineers say once the plant is built, it can turn 120 billion tons of coal into liquid fuel.

“I'm for anything that will reduce these gas prices,” Representative Hal Rogers said.

Rogers says he wants Kentucky to lead the way to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil. He believes building the coal to liquid fuel plant in Pike County is the first step.

“We're ready to help solve this country's critical transportation fuel problem,” Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

The preliminary study just completed says Big Shoal is the best spot to build the plant because it is near water, railroads, the airport, and the highway.

The potential plant has a four billion dollar price tag, but Rogers believes it will be money well spent.

“Well, if it brings down the price of gasoline for Americans, and if it produces jobs in eastern Kentucky and helps us gain independence from Arab emirates over there, then it's worth it, and I think it would do that,” Rogers said.

Even though Rogers supports the idea, he says private investors will have to pay for it, but he plans to do what he can in Washington to help and he believes it will change Eastern Kentucky.

Judge-Executive Rutherford says they are talking to some investors to build the plant.

Rogers says the government can help build roads and other infrastructure to the site.

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  • by Pamela Location: Tulsa, OK on Oct 15, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    How do I buy stock in this company?
  • by Eddie Location: Pike on Aug 12, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    1) the jet fuel thing is but a PROPOSAL, a source to sell the product to the military (which would reduce costs, which would increase money they have available for troops). 2) They are talking about CLEAN COAL PLANTS...thus, they will be looking at capturing the emissions of CO2 and pumping it into the ground or possibly even selling it to natural gas and oil companies, who can use it to get gas and oil out of the ground easier and cheaper. This would, in turn, allow us to be more energy independent by reducing how much we import, keeping American jobs and American money RIGHT HERE where it can be put to use. Please, if you are going to spout an opinion on here, make it an informed one. Don't go blaming all the Republicans, the Democrat House Leader is the one who closed and sent them off for a 5 week vacation. And Obama won't join McCain in asking them to come back and work on energy bills now.
  • by haymon on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    Lets vote them out in November.
  • by jeff Location: pikeville on Aug 12, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    Big Coal, Big oil and the republican money machine plows it's way through these mountains without any regard fro our health our our future after all these folks don't live here and won't have to bear the pollution, they are in their confortable offices somewhere else.
  • by PAUL Location: MOREHEAD on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:54 AM
  • by harold Location: pikeville on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    Did anyone pay attention to the skies over China? ---now here it comes to Easy Ky.
  • by William Location: seky on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    oh for Joy !! Kentucky has more coal then Saudis,all way across the eastern Appalachian mountain range is some of the worlds richest coal Rite In the ground some day when the People of Kentucky Gets rich we want some of them there Dynamic Architecture big tall buildings that kinda like mobile homes on giant columns they are prefabbed in the factory just like a double wide trailers the people of Kentucky has been poor to long its time for new money to spring up in the hills , you could put a whole holler full of folk in one of them fancy rotation 80 story buildings coon dogs and all London Kentucky needs one maby two They are purdy buildings we want one Please Hal Please can we have one?
  • by Liz Location: Letcher County on Aug 11, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    Twice the pollution is not the solution. Coal-to-liquid will not bring down the price of gas at the pump because it's being pushed to create jet fuel. The last time I checked most Americans don't have their own jets. This is an incredibly expensive process, and it produces twice the amount of greenhouse gases. I think climate change is a pretty important threat to us that needs immediate attention. Renewable energy would be real homeland security.


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