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We recently updated you on the progress (or, more specifically, the lack of progress) on Denbury’s proposed Midwest carbon dioxide pipeline. The pipeline project is at the center of a sprawling tangle of coal plants in Indiana and Illinois.

Last week, Indiana lawmakers dealt the project another, potentially fatal, setback – by rejecting a bill that would have allowed Denbury to use eminent domain to secure the pipeline’s route through the state.

Without the pipeline, there’s nowhere to pump the carbon dioxide from a proposed $2.6 billion coal gasification plant, putting that project in jeopardy as well.

Another contentious coal plant, Tenaska’s Taylorville Energy Center in Illinois, is tied to the pipeline project. That plant is in question after state senators twice rejected a bill that would have required state utilities to buy power from the project.

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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