Yesterday, the FutureGen Alliance, a coalition of seven coal companies, selected a new storage site for its carbon capture and storage project. Selecting the new storage site in Morgan County, Illinois, was a critical next step for the project after the previous site in Mattoon, Illinois, pulled out of the agreement in August 2010. The site was selected for two reasons: its geology is suited for long-term CO2 storage and its in close proximity to the power plant where the CO2 will be captured. The Department of Energy will now begin to make its environmental assessment of the site. Test injection wells could potentially be drilled as early as this summer.

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