Illinois regulators have approved a 28-mile FutureGen Alliance pipeline to carry carbon dioxide through the western part of the state. The Illinois Commerce Commission OK is contingent upon federal officials giving final approval to the $1.68 billion project. FutureGen is being designed tol capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in Meredosia. The gas would then be injected into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east and stored. Organizers of the long-planned public-private project want permits to inject 1.1 million metric tons a year for 20 years in a practice known as "carbon sequestration." The permits would be the first in the nation for injecting and storing the gas underground.
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