Public meeting set on W.Va. coal-to-gas project

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2009 11:38 AM

West Virginia regulators will hold a public meeting Thursday on a draft air pollution permit for a planned coal-to-gasoline facility in Mingo County.

Representatives of the state Division of Air Quality will accept comments on the permit and provide information about the project. Written comments can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday.

New York-based TransGas Development LLC announced last year it planned to build the plant near Wharncliffe. The facility is expected to turn 3 million tons of coal a year into methanol that would then be converted into as many as 756,000 gallons of gasoline a day.

The state Department of Environmental has given preliminary approval to the permit.