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Fri February 17, 2012
Researcher says coal-to-gasoline plant could have environmental and economic advantages
We’ve been reporting on a proposed plant that would convert coal into gasoline. Turning Wyoming coal into valuable liquid fuels, synthetic natural gas, chemicals and other products could open up lucrative markets for one of the state's most abundant resources. But building a plant to do that will cost billions. Richard Boardman is part of a team of Idaho National Laboratory researchers who are building computer models to simulate plants like the one that’s been proposed near Medicine Bow. He tells Rebecca Huntington that while very complicated, some designs have real economic and environmental advantages.