Linc Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Underground Coal Gasification: A Potential Energy Frontier? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/underground-coal-gasification-potential-energy-frontier <p>Millions of railcars leave the Powder River Basin every year, carrying hundreds of millions of tons of coal. Those are big numbers, but the coal we mine is just a small fraction of what’s underground. Most of the basin’s coal reserves are buried too deep for conventional mining.<br /><br />An Australian company called Linc Energy wants to use a technology known as underground coal gasification to tap those deep coal reserves and turn them into fuel. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, that might come at the peril of another valuable resource: water.<br /> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:14:16 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57403 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Underground Coal Gasification: A Potential Energy Frontier? State Looks Into Allegations Of Environmental Harm By Linc Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-looks-allegations-environmental-harm-linc-energy <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The state has requested information from Australian regulators about&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">alleged environmental crimes</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;by </span>Linc<span style="color: rgb(34, Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:50:28 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57318 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Looks Into Allegations Of Environmental Harm By Linc Energy Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia <p>A company proposing to open an underground coal gasification demonstration site in Wright has been charged with environmental violations in Australia. &nbsp;The charges could cost the company over two million dollars per violation.</p><p>Underground coal gasification involves igniting coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can then be processed into various liquid fuels or other chemicals. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>What exactly the environmental harm is has not yet been revealed.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:37:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia Wright Residents Wary Of Proposed Coal Gasification Project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wright-residents-wary-proposed-coal-gasification-project <p>It was standing room only at the Wright Public Library last night as residents packed into a hearing about a nearby project that would burn coal seams underground to produce synthesis gas or syngas.</p><p>Linc Energy’s proposed underground coal gasification project has been in the works for years, but from the public testimony, many Wright residents were hearing about it for the first time. And they had lots of questions about the process, which has never been developed commercially.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:40:25 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55956 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wright Residents Wary Of Proposed Coal Gasification Project EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-tells-deq-host-public-meeting-aquifer-exemption-request <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is telling the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality that it has to conduct a public hearing about an aquifer exemption request by Linc Energy. Linc is proposing an underground coal gasification project in Campbell County. The coal is in the Wyodak Aquifer, and the exemption would relieve the company from adhering to the strict protections outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act.</p><p></p><p>DEQ already approved the aquifer exemption, but it did so without public input, so EPA, which makes the final decision, is calling for a do-over.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:17:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53383 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-quality-council-rejects-challenge-underground-coal-gasification-permit <p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:32:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50296 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit Permitting gets underway for underground coal gasification project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/permitting-gets-underway-underground-coal-gasification-project <p>A project that seeks to use Wyoming coal that&rsquo;s buried too deep underground for conventional mining is one step closer to becoming a reality.</p><p></p><p><br />The Department of Environmental Quality has put Linc Energy&rsquo;s proposed underground coal gasification project up for public review. The process involves drilling thousands of feet below the surface into deep coal seams, and then igniting them, and capturing the gases that are produced. Those can then be converted into synthetic natural gas, chemicals like ammonia or fertilizer, or liquid fuels.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:39:13 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47801 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Permitting gets underway for underground coal gasification project