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Two meetings are being held in Fayette County this week to educate local landowners, community leaders and business representatives about the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network will bring 900 jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 to suppliers across the state.
The first community assessment/informational meeting in Fayette County will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo.
The second meeting will be a breakfast event at 8 a.m. on Friday at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.
Those planning to attend either meeting are asked to RSVP with either Martin Culik, senior project manager of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions, or JoAnn Givens, Vandalia’s director of economic development and tourism, to ensure that there is adequate space.
The RSVP for Friday is to ensure that there is enough food for the breakfast meeting.
To RSVP for either meeting, or to obtain more information, contact:
Willow Grove is the company that has submitted land in Avena and Loudon township as a suitable area for carbon dioxide storage. Fayette is one of four counties still under consideration for CO2 storage.
On Monday of this week, FutureGen officials announced that they would be in the Loudon Oil Field area conducting geophysical surveys as part their effort to confirm the suitability of the geology in that area for CO2 storage.
To gather the needed data, "controlled acoustic energy, or vibrations, is transmitted into the ground, and the energy reflected back from geological formations underground is recorded," FutureGen officials said.
They said it will take about two weeks to complete the survey.