EPA delays decision on Australian company's coal gasification project in Campbell County


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CASPER, Wyoming — The federal Environmental Protection Agency says it needs more time to decide whether to reclassify an aquifer and allow a coal gasification project in Campbell County.

Linc Energy of Australia wants to change the designation of the aquifer from Class III, suitable for livestock, to Class V, suitable only for mining and commercial use.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/mvt5ggj) the EPA initially expected to made a decision in late July or early August. The agency told state officials last month it needed additional time but did not set a new target date.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has approved the reclassification. Linc needs both state and federal approval.

Linc officials declined to comment.

The project would burn a coal seam underground and pump out several gases including methane.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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