Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Duke Energy eyes short line for waste haulage

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Duke Energy seeks to rehabilitate an eight-mile southwest Indiana spur line to haul waste from a $2.35 billion coal-gasification plant now under construction. Company officials say the line would help move sulfur byproducts from the facility, and could also move coal inbound to the plant, set to commence operation in 2012.

Plant manager Jack Stultz says Duke looked at a variety of routes before deciding on the line, which has been inactive for decades. Duke has acquired the former rail line, but still needs to acquire additional rights-of-way from property owners; the company hopes to begin reconstruction early next year.