Our Concerns

  • Pollution
    • Air: the plant will emit nearly 750 tons a year of pollutants, including Nitrogen Oxides (Ozone), Sulfur Dioxide, and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS)
    • Water: runoff from the plant will feed directly into Pigeon Creek
    • Ground: Naphtha and Hydrogen sulfide, volatile and lethal chemicals will be produced and stored on-site
    • Noise: 100 railcars a day carrying coal and innumerable large trucks carrying chemicals into and out of the plant
    • Dust: four 100 foot tall stacks of coal left open to the wind
    • Global warming: the fuel it produces releases twice as much carbon dioxide as conventional diesel and the plant will emit 2.2 million tons of CO2 yearly
  • Proximity to town
    • 1 mile from the local elementary school, nursing home, and town center
    • Increased risks of preterm birth, infant mortality, deficits in lung growth, respiratory symptoms, asthma exacerbations, and asthma hospitalizations in town residents and their children
  • Effects on tourism
    • Sulfur produced will have a strong odor
    • Increased trucks and trains will cause traffic through and around town
    • The plant itself will be an eyesore
    • Light from the flares will blaze into the night
  • Decreased property values
    • For properties around the plant and those who will have the water and wastewater pipes built on their properties
  • It will burden our resources
    • 1.8 million gallons of water a day
    • Large amounts of electricity or natural gas to run the plant
  • This technology is highly controversial
    • No plant of its kind has ever been built in the US
    • All other similar plants have either been stopped before breaking ground or have been stopped mid-construction, leaving investors in debt and a mess for the local community to clean up
  • It is not economically sound
    • Due to the expense in making this fuel, it is not profitable unless oil prices are over $100 a barrel. Today, the price of oil is around $62 a barrel
  • Poor reputation
    • KBR has had several lawsuits for dishonest practices. Notably, they knowingly exposed Tell City National Guard soldiers to harmful levels of chromium, resulting in the deaths of two American heroes
    • Riverview Energy attempted to build a similar facility in Vermillion County, but after 4 years the local authority backed out
  • It is not feasible in the long-term
    • Laws regulating carbon may make these fuels economically nonviable, resulting in plant closure,  unemployment, and a toxic waste site

Sources

  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/clean-coal-america-kemper-power-plant
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-ctl/china-builds-plant-to-turn-coal-into-barrels-of-oil-idUSSP13361320080604
  • http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/114/6/1699
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/feb/20/china.ctl
  • https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060013819
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/kbr-private-military-canc_b_609247.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006