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Developers: Law will likely kill coal-gas plant

April 27, 2013

Developers say legislation passed by Indiana lawmakers requiring regulators to review a $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant to be built in southwest Indiana will likely kill the project.

Indiana Gasification LLC project manager Mark Lubbers told the Evansville Courier & Press that developers wouldn't have tried to build the plant at Rockport if the law passed early Saturday morning had been in place.

Lubbers says even a win in the Indiana Supreme Court, which is reviewing the state's deal with developers, wouldn't save the project.

The contract would mandate the state buy and resell synthetic natural gas produced at the plant over the next 30 years. Opponents say that deal could cause ratepayers to eat as much as $1.1 billion in increased utility rates.

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