Water issues for BSII, all coal

December 7th, 2007


The DOE issued a report that projects water usage if carbon capture is necessary, but what struck me was that in 2005, the bottom line in the R&D Program Summary was:

… there will be increasing pressure to retire existing plants and deny permits for new plants due to water availability and quality isues.


DOE – Estimating Freshwater Needs to Meet Future Thermoelectric Generation Requirements 2007

DOE – Addressing Critical Link Between Fossil Energy and Water 2005

DOE/FE Power Plant Water Management R&D Program Summary 2005

Yet Big Stone II was permitted, yes, the same BSII which has acknowledged water supply problems and has gone through some original and creative contortions to claim they can supply the plant.

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