Linc Energy is a Brisbane-headquartered company which has proposed to develop a "commercial Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) to Gas to Liquids (GTL) operation" in the Arckaringa Basin.
In January 2011, Linc Energy Ltd announced that it had been awarded the full 181,414 acres of underground coal gasification leases that it sought from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, which granted the Alaska exploration licenses for an undisclosed sum. Linc says the decision came after over six months of geological assessment and tender submissions, and that the company will "aggressively" conduct coal exploration for underground coal gasification over the next two years. Linc Energy posted a net loss of $16.26 million in the 2010 financial year.
In September 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved an aquifer exemption for a coal gasification pilot project proposed by Linc Energy in Campbell County, Wyoming, saying the aquifer did not serve as a source of drinking water. In 2013, regulators in the Australian state of Queensland found elevated levels of benzene, ammonia and other contaminates in groundwater near a similar facility operated by Linc. The EPA said it reviewed the Queensland findings and concluded that they did not provide any information that should be factored into the exemption request, as the geology and technology used in Queensland was different.
Articles and Resources
- Linc Energy, "Linc Energy Ltd (ASX:LNC) Commits Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Project To South Australia", Media Release, November 19, 2008.
- "Linc acquires Alaskan exploration licences" Finance News Network, Jan. 27, 2011.
- "EPA OKs aquifer exemption for Linc's coal gasification test project," Star-Tribune, September 11, 2014.
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Linc Media Releases
- Linc Energy, "Linc Energy Commits UCG Project to South Australia", Media Release, November 19, 2008.
- Martin Ferguson (Minister for Resources and Energy), "Speech to the 3rd Annual Coal-to-Liquids and Gas-to-Liquids Conference", February 26, 2008.
- Meredith Booth and Christopher Russell, "SA's $1bn clean fuel jobs bonus", The Advertiser, November 20, 2008.
- Mark Parnell (Greens SA), "Rann Government shifts from clean wind to dirty coal", Media Release, November 20, 2008.
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