May 7, 2019

Underground Carbon Dioxide Storage Planned In Western Indiana

The carbon dioxide storage is part of a proposed plant that would produce anhydrous ammonia, which is used as an agricultural fertilizer. - Lynn Betts/USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The carbon dioxide storage is part of a proposed plant that would produce anhydrous ammonia, which is used as an agricultural fertilizer.

Lynn Betts/USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A company could go ahead with plans for potentially storing 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide underground in western Indiana under a bill approved by state legislators.

The carbon dioxide storage is part of a $450 million project proposed by Wabash Valley Resources LLC for an anhydrous ammonia fertilizer plant near Terre Haute. The bill restricts such carbon storage in Indiana to that site and calls for a special legislative committee to review the process.

Citizens Action Coalition director Kerwin Olson tells the Tribune-Star that the study is needed to make sure state officials understand what's involved.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has until Wednesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law. He said last week he was reviewing it closely.

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