Coal gasification hearing Wednesday in Wright

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A project that would produce gas by oxidizing an underground coal seam will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing scheduled at the behest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Linc Energy wants state and federal environmental regulators to reclassify 80 acres of the Fort Union Aquifer so the company's coal gasification project near Wright can move ahead.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality was preparing to grant the request before the EPA said the state agency needed to hold a public hearing and take public comments on the proposal.

The hearing is set for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the public library in Wright.

Linc proposes to pump air underground to oxidize 1,000-2,000 tons of coal and produce gases including methane. Company officials didn't return messages Monday seeking comment.

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