South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Exelon to Shut Down Three Mile Island by September 30, 2019

LCG, May 10, 2019--Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 30, 2019. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved back in 2009 a 20-year extension for the nuclear energy facility through 2034.

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Wyoming Coal-bed Methane Leases Ruled Illegal

LCG, April 30, 2002--In response to allegations by environmental groups, a panel from the Department of the Interior ruled that leases on Wyoming's Powder River Basin were issued illegally.

Prior to the ruling, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had allowed the issuance of leases for 2,500 acres, but the panel found that the BLM had used outdated environmental studies in assessing the land and therefore issued the leases illegally.

The decision has worried parties considering coal-bed development, namely in western states where public land might be used.

This reversal comes as a snub to President Bush's energy plans. Bush has encouraged exploration throughout the country and specifically coal-bed mining in the Rockies in an attempt to minimize U.S. foreign fuel dependency.

Environmental groups Wyoming Outdoor Council and Powder River Basin Resource Council instigated the lease reevaluation. Wyoming BLM is still considering its response to the decision.

Coal-bed methane provides a new source for natural gas. The method involves pumping groundwater to alleviate pressure and release methane gas from coal seams. Coal-bed mining in the Powder River Basin has yielded about 10,000 wells so far, with a projected 40,000 to come into service over a few years' time.

The Federal government leases public land to allow industry to develop mineral resources. The Bureau of Land Management handles 700 million acres of mineral land.

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