Case Number: 11-0710

  • May 22, 2012

    To ICC Commissioners,

    I am writing in support of the proposed Chicago Clean Energy Project on the SE side. Creation of jobs and $$$ into the community using modern technology is much needed.

    Terry N. Thvedt

    Terry N. Thvedt
  • May 22, 2012

    I support the Chicago Clean Energy Project providing badly needed jobs in a struggling economy.
    Thomas Martinez
  • May 22, 2012

    ICC Commissioners,



    I write today in support of the Chicago Clean Energy project proposed for the Southeast Side of Chicago. Many facts about this innovative project have been misconstrued and I’d like to set the record straight.

    The Chicago Clean Energy project will not burn coal. It will use Illinois’ abundant coal resources and convert them into clean, natural gas. The facility will capture 85 percent of its emissions, far exceeding regulations.

    Carbon dioxide will be captured and stored, not emitted into the air or water. This project represents the next generation of energy technology in Illinois and across the nation.

    It will invest $ 3 billion into the local community, bringing significant economic investment, cleaning up a currently contaminated site and creating more than 1,000 jobs. I think we should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, our state and our country into a clean energy future.



    Sincerely,


    Ronald Culbertson

    Ronald Culbertson
  • May 22, 2012



    ICC commissioners,



    I write today in support of the Chicago Clean Energy project proposed for the Southeast Side of Chicago. Many facts about this innovative project have been misconstrued and I’d like to set the record straight.

    The Chicago Clean Energy project will not burn coal. It will use Illinois’ abundant coal resources and convert them into clean, natural gas. The facility will capture 85 percent of its emissions, far exceeding regulations.

    Carbon dioxide will be captured and stored, not emitted into the air or water. This project represents the next generation of energy technology in Illinois and across the nation.

    It will invest $ 3 billion into the local community, bringing significant economic investment, cleaning up a currently contaminated site and creating more than 1,000 jobs. I think we should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, our state and our country into a clean energy future.



    Sincerely,
    Ian Main

    ian main
  • May 18, 2012

    I'am in support of the proposed project on the south east side of Chicago (Chicago Clean Energy, Inc). To convert and old abandon steel mill site to a new modern Clean Energy site is moving forward. The jobs that a 3 billion dollar project will create is another plus. With old power plants being closed down, and the need for power ever increasing we need this. Time to move forward economy,energy, and jobs. Support Chicago Clean Energy!
    steven schurch
  • May 18, 2012

    Dear ICC Commissioners:

    We need jobs, the economy commands added strength and Illinois customers could collectively save millions of dollars through the building of the Chicago Clean Energy plant and its process of converting our abundant supply of coal along with petroleum coke to gas. But, can we commit to this project while respecting the concerns of the community residents and the protection of our environment that we all desire? If we separate truths and realities from fallacies and rhetoric, the answer to that question is “YES.” We should therefore vote in favor of moving ahead with this project.

    It’s important to stress that gasification is a chemical process that does not involve burning of coal or any kind of combustion. The Chicago Clean Energy gasification plant would be required to capture and store at least 85 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions or face fines of up to $20 million a year. The Illinois attorney general is required to take action against the plant if it fails to sequester carbon as mandated, so simply paying a financial penalty won’t just make things right, nor should it.

    Marty Irwin, director of the Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research at Purdue University, supports gasification as a clean technology: “This is the best way to extract the maximum amount of energy out of a pile of coal with the least amount of emissions. And in terms of the petroleum coke, you’re actually doing something beneficial with the leftover of the oil-refining process instead of land-filling it somewhere.”

    William G. Rosenberg, a former EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, thinks coal gasification plants could revolutionize the U.S.’s energy landscape: tapping abundant coal reserves as a low-emissions fuel source while capturing carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery. “However coal will not be able to be subsidized by being a dirty fuel,” said Rosenberg. “It has to be subsidized by meeting the standards of a green fuel, and this is how you do that.”

    This project represents the next generation of energy technology in Illinois and across the nation. It’s a $3 billion infusion in the local community with related economic potential, creator of more than 1,000 jobs and construction of a facility that would supplant a current site wallowing in its own contamination and dilapidation. We should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, our state and our country into a clean energy future. Once blessed by the Environmental Protection Agency, let’s say yes to this project!

    Sincerely,
    Frank T. Libby
    President, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

    Frank T. Libby
  • May 16, 2012

    Sounds great for the present,creating jobs and money flow.
    Sounds great for the future,a good clean energy source.
    Sounds like a win win situation.

    Neal Nijakowski
  • May 15, 2012

    #316

    Regarding P-11-0710

    Dear Commissioners:

    I am urging you to rule against Leucadia LLC in your current re-hearing. AS a resident of Chicago I am against all coal plants. There is no such thing as clean coal. This plant will cause harm to innocent people.

    Please don't harm our future.

    Ryan Love

    Ryan Love
  • May 14, 2012

    I write today in support of the Chicago Clean Energy project proposed for the Southeast Side of Chicago. It will convert coal into natural gas, capturing 85% of its emissions, far exceeding regulations. It will invest $3 billion into the community, clean up a contaminated site and create more than 1000 jobs. I think we should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, state and country forward.
    nicholas grage
  • May 14, 2012

    no
    andrew straw
  • May 14, 2012

    We need the jobs this project would provide, this is an environmentally friendly project. This would be a needed boost to this neighborhood.
    Raymond Chamberlain
  • May 14, 2012

    This project is important to the economic future of my community.

    - This project will bring much-needed high-quality employment to my community.

    - We need the hundreds of jobs this project will bring.

    - This project is a clean energy industry, and is important for the region.

    - This project will be a windfall for State and local government.

    - Our community leaders are invested in this project and it will be a good neighbor.

    - This project will clean up a polluted site.

    - This project will bring job training and new business to our community.

    Shirlaun Hubbard
  • May 10, 2012

    I am writing to support the Chicago Clean Energy project on Chicago's Southeast Side. I am a resident of the Southeast Side community, living at 10609 S. Ave F. I believe some misinformation about this project has been put forth. I mean to set the record straight. This project will not burn coal or pollute our community. Chicago Clean Energy will use abundant Illinois coal to make clean natural gas and will exceed current regulations for emissions.
    Just as importantly, the Chicago Clean Energy project will create jobs, much needed jobs in construction and good paying jobs when it begins operation. This will bring further economic opportunities to a community in need of investment.
    The project will take a contaminated eyesore and clean up our community.
    Let's look to the future, a future in innovative technology and let's make Illinois a shining example.

    Sincerely,
    Daniel McMahon
    10609 S. Avenue F
    Chicago, IL 60617

    Daniel Mcmahon
  • May 10, 2012

    ICC Commissioners,

    I write today in support of the Chicago Clean Energy project proposed for the Southeast Side of Chicago. Many facts about this innovative project have been misconstrued and I’d like to set the record straight. The Chicago Clean Energy project will not burn coal. It will use Illinois’s abundant coal resources and convert them into a clean, natural gas. The facility will capture 85 percent of its emissions, far exceeding regulations. Carbon dioxide will be captured and stored, not emitted into the air or water. This project represents the next generation of energy technology in Illinois and across the nation. It will invest $3 billion into the local community, bringing significant economic investment, cleaning up a currently contaminated site and creating more than 1,000 jobs. I think we should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, out state and our country into a clean energy future.

    The Southeast Side had tens of thousands of good paying jobs before the stell mills and other plants closed or left town. The older coal burning plants like State Line have emmitted tons of particulates and it is these type of plants that thankfully are being decommisioned. We must make way to innovative technology to replace current power generation. If this country is to be energy independant we must utilze all sources of energy that is available.The jobs created from this project will help the community, City and State. The Chicago Clean Energy project offers another piece to the puzzle to becomming less dependant on foreign sources of energy.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Morrin

    Tim Morrin
  • May 9, 2012

    I write today in support of the Chicago Clean Energy project proposed for the Southeast Side of Chicago. Many facts about this innovative project have been misconstrued and I’d like to set the record straight. The Chicago Clean Energy project will not burn coal. It will use Illinois’s abundant coal resources and convert them into a clean, natural gas. The facility will capture 85 percent of its emissions, far exceeding regulations. Carbon dioxide will be captured and stored, not emitted into the air or water. This project represents the next generation of energy technology in Illinois and across the nation. It will invest $3 billion into the local community, bringing significant economic investment, cleaning up a currently contaminated site and creating more than 1,000 jobs. I think we should consider all the facts before dismissing a project that propels our community, out state and our country into a clean energy future.

    Ted Stalnos
  • May 9, 2012

    My name is Cheryl Johnson and I'm the executive director of People for Community Recovery (PCR). As a resident of Altgeld Gardens and a leader of this organization, I am writing this letter to show my opposition for the Leucadia coal gasification plant that is being proposed on the Southeast Side of Chicago.
    Our community is known nationally as the "toxic doughnut" because we are situated in the center of this doughnut and the perimeter is where toxic facilities are located. Several studies have shown that we experience the highest rate of respirator ailments and cancer than any other neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. Over 50% of children between 6 to 15 years old have asthma in my community. The type of development that Leucadia is proposing will make it worse.
    Therefore, this type of a facility will only affect our quality of life and we have the right to breathe clean air and live in our community without being threatened by harmful processes. We urge the Illinois Commerce Commission to reject this proposal to ensure that all residents are entitled to a quality of life that are not being negatively impact and singled-out because of the socio-economic conditions of our communities.
    We as residents of Southeast Chicago have rights to equal environmental protection and if further information is needed, I can be reached at 773.840.4618

    Sincerely,
    Cheryl Johnson
    Executive Director
    People for Community Recovery
    13116 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL 60827

    Cheryl Johnson
  • May 9, 2012

    Allowing the Leucadia Company to create a coal-gasification plant on Chicago’s southeast side will only lead to worst air pollution in the neighborhood, which can increase health problems (such as asthma attacks and lung cancer) among citizens. In addition, this plant will pull 10 million gallons of water out of the Calumet River every day while replacing only 2 million gallons of polluted water to the river. Living close by Lake Michigan, I especially appreciate the fresh air as I take the subway to school every morning and understand the importance of fresh air. The Leucadia Company has no right to take that fresh air from us, citizens.
    Jenny Chen
  • May 9, 2012

    Dear Illinois Commerce Commission

                I am Oralia Alvarez I have live in South Chicago for 20 years I have three children on which my nine year old has asthma since months of being born. I am writing you this letter because I do not agree with the construction of a coal plant close to George Washington Elementary and High School. If the coal plant is built near my home the situation of my nine year old daughter will become worse over time. If you are in so much interest in making a coal plant why not find a location where there aren’t any schools or many homes in the area. The world is a big place and I am sure you can find another location for your coal plant.

    Sincerely,

    Oralia Alvarez

    oralia alvarez
  • May 9, 2012

    I'm writing today to urge you to NOT support Leucadia's plans to build a coal gasification plant in the southeast side of Chicago.
    I'm a resident of the southeast side and it concerns me that a coal plant might be built across the street from a high school. It concerns me that an area of Chicago with one of the city's worse pollution rates might be the home of a disturbingly high polluting company. It concerns me that asthma rates and heart disease rates will surely rise with the added pollution of the coal plant.
    For far too long, families have had to live along piles of coal, dirty industries and high semi truck traffic. It's time to let the south east side break away from companies that add pollution to the lungs of families that live in the neighborhood.
    The southeast side deserves to breathe clean and fresh air. I hope you will make the noble and ethical decision and vote against Leucadia's plan to build a coal plant in Chicago.
    Sincerely,
    Caty Bautista
    South Chicago Resident

    Caty Bautista
  • May 9, 2012

    I am writing this letter in OPPOSITION to the building of Leucadia Coal Gasification plant on the southeast side. I worry that the pet coke will harm the health of the community. Please consider the effects this coal plant will have on people's health, the local environment and the community as a whole. I believe that the opposition to coal plants in Chicago is evident with the upcoming closures of Fisk and Crawford coal plant. Please use that example to determine your decision in disapproving the gasification plant by Leucadia. Just Say No!

    Sincerely,
    Moises

    Moises Moreno
  • May 9, 2012

    I am writing to you about the Leucadia coal gasification plant on the Southeast side of Chicago. This plant would do more harm then good to the community. As a consumer I would not like to be forced to buy a product that will destroy my community.
    Thank you
    Corin Rodriguez

    Corin M. Rodriguez
  • May 9, 2012

    I am writing this letter to informt he commission that I am opposed to the proposed building and establishment of the Leucadia Coal Gasification plant in Chicago.
    There was a recent victory in the closing of two very harmful coal plants that will be closed within months. These plants, located in the southwest side of Chicago, caused asthma cases in nearby local schools. The proposed Leucadia coal plant is planned to be in front of a local high school, George Washington, where 1,500 students attend school every day.
    Community members are opposed to this coal plant after seeing the effects in health consequencces from other coal plants in Chicago. The community of the southeast side will not support the opening on this plant because of the contaminants that will be harmful to the youth of our community.
    If you would have any questions or comments regarding my statement please feel free to contract me via phone at 773-865-2613. Thank you for the attention to my comments.
    Isabel Reyes

    Isabel Reyes
  • May 8, 2012

    On the Southeast side of Chicago, we have buried so many friends and relatives from the toxins/particulates/etc. from undesirable industries. We do NOT believe Leucadia will sequester thier air emissions appropriately, but has enough money to pay any fines.
    This plant will use 10 million gallons of water daily and only return 2 million -- are we so cavalier with this precious commodity?? Using this outdated technology, making synthetic gas is energy intensive -- wasting our precious resources to make something less desirable. This plant will produce toxic waste that will need to be buried -- where??
    There are so many reasons AGAINST building this plant (that will only result in 100 permanent jobs), the community is aghast that the process has come this far. Please deny any assistance to Chicago Clean Energy, Inc. and Ameren Illinois Company, and between Chicago Clean Energy, Inc. and Northern Illinois Gas Company for the purchase and sale of substitute natural gas under the provisions of IL public act 97-0096.
    Thank you!

    Sharon Rolek
  • May 8, 2012

    To Members of the Illinois Commerce Commission:

    Thank you for considering additional public comments about the proposed coal gasification plant that Chicago Clean Energy Inc. would like to build on the Southeast Side of Chicago. As a Chicagoan, I worry about the negative environmental and economic impacts this plant could create for my city and state.

    Chicago Clean Energy Inc. has marketed the plant as clean coal technology. However, their own plans do not show evidence the company has a commercially or technologically feasible way to sequester excess carbon dioxide generated by the plant’s conversion of coal into synthetic natural gas. Furthermore, residents on the Southeast Side of Chicago, who have long suffered from heavy industrial pollution, have ample reason to fear continued contamination of their neighborhood from a plant that would draw truck or train loads of dirty coal.

    Additionally, the plant makes no economic sense for Chicago or Illinois residents. Why force Nicor and Ameren customers to purchase expensive synthetic natural gas at a time when natural gas is relatively inexpensive? If Clean Energy Inc. can’t find financing for the project based on its own merits, it should die like any other ill-conceived capitalist venture.

    Our Illinois legislators and governor failed us by passing legislation to build this plant. Please do what you can to protect Chicago and Illinois residents from being fleeced by yet another very expensively bad business idea.

    Sincerely,
    Nadia Oehlsen

    Nadia Oehlsen
  • May 8, 2012

    I am asking the ICC to rule against the proposed Leucadia Coal Gasification plant on the southeast side of Chicago. Clean energy alternatives are available like wind and solar that have already created over 10,000 jobs in Illinois. My father lives near the proposed coal plant site and I do not want him to have to live near this site. Since I receive gas services in Aurora, I do not want to help foot the bill for this proposed plant.
    Rachel C. Kuhn
  • May 8, 2012

    I am asking the ICC to rule against the proposed Leucadia Coal Gasification plant on the southeast side of Chicago. Clean energy alternatives are available like wind and solar that have already created over 10,000 jobs in Illinois. I have a friend who lives near the proposed coal plant site and I do not want him to have to live near this site. Since I receive gas services in Aurora, I do not want to help foot the bill for this proposed plant.
    Deborah A. Carroll
  • May 8, 2012

    This plant will cause pollution. Despite misrepresentations, there will be emissions of greenhouse gases. There will also be solid waste that will need to be removed. This plant will also pollute the large amounts of water that it will require. On the financial side it will cost the state of Illinois billions while providing few jobs or benefits. This is a bad idea from every angle.
    Mark J Kuehner
  • May 8, 2012

    Dear Commissioners:

    I am a Nicor customer and I find it outrageous that Leucadia ("Chicago Clean Energy, Inc.") is seriously trying to force myself and other Nicor and Ameren customers to buy their dirty gas. I do not want to purchase this gas because it is dirty, expensive, and polluting a community in Chicago that already has high asthma and cancer rates. Forcing that on Nicor and Ameren customers is a crime.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Kady McFadden
  • May 8, 2012

    I do not support the LEUCADIA PROJECT!!!
    Carole J. Herhold
  • May 7, 2012

    Hello,

    I am writing to ask you to reject this plan as it is not in the best interests of the people of Illinois.

    The planned massive consumption of water by this plant and the incredibly high CO2 to unit power ratio of this technology are strong indicators of the environmental devastation this project will bring about. Gasification may release less particulate pollution, but it comes at a price of energy intensive processes and high CO2 pollution.

    Additionally, this is one of the poorest investments the state could make. Around 200 permanent jobs are planned for a cost of $3 billion. That represents a cost of $15 million per job. Even if 500 secondary jobs are considered, the cost is still $4.3 million per job.

    There are absolutely better investments available for the people of Illinois. As a Chicagoan, I have seen governments rush into poorly considered contracts at every level and I urge you to reject this plan. Please do not bind the next several generations to a dirty and expensive plant that will shuffle Illinoisians' energy dollars to a NY company.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Kevin Ryan
  • May 7, 2012

    NOT IN MY BACKYARD---which is planet earth! The long term effects are not worth this polluting energy source.
    Laura Mendoza
  • May 7, 2012

    I am strongly apposed to this proposed coal gasification plant. It will pollute our air and continue the environmental injustices on the south side of Chicago.
    Laura Milkert
  • May 7, 2012

    I strongly urge the ICC NOT to approve the Leucaida Coal Gasification Plant as it will harm the health of nearby residents and of students at nearby George Washington HS.
    Patrick Brannon
  • May 7, 2012

    I am not in support of this measure!
    Kelly Gallagher
  • May 7, 2012

    The Veteran's Park Improvement Assn. has been in existance since 1989 and is dedicated to the betterment of the Veteran's Park neighborhood on the Southeast Side of Chicago. We are asking the ICC to reject the Leucadia Coal Gasification project because it is anything but "clean" energy. The emissions generated by this plant and the hauling of the coal and pet coke will directly impact our community. The way we currently receive our natural gas offers none of these negatives. In addtion, the added cost of manufactoring this syn-gas will be passed on to us as consumers.

    We stand opposed to this plant.

    The Veteran's Park Improvement Association
  • May 7, 2012

    The Southeast Environmental Task Force asks that the Commission reject Leucadia's green-washed, costly, dirty energy project. As consumers, we need protection from unscrupulous corporate beneficiaries of available subsidies riding the "green" wave to profit. As residents of the Southeast side of Chicago, we will be directly impacted by more coal and pet coke piles creating dust leaden air in an area where the air quality is already greatly compromised. As residents of Chicago, this plant will use 10 million gallons of our fresh water daily. This is a costly project that will benefit no one.

    The Southeast Environmental Task Force
  • May 7, 2012

    THE PLANT WILL ADD MORE POLLUTED AIR EMISSIONS TO OUR ALREADY POLLUTED COMMUNTIES
    THE PLANT WILL USE 10 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER DAILY AND ONLY RETURN 2 MILLION - THAT'S A NET LOSS OF 8 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
    UP TO 3 MILLION TONS OF COAL WILL NEED TO BE MINED ANNUALLY FOR THIS PLANT
    THE PLANT WILL PRODUCE TOXIC WASTE THAT WILL NEED TO BURIED SOMEWHERE
    LEUCADIA CLAIMS THEY WILL SEQUESTER THEIR AIR EMISSIONS (GREENHOUSE GASES) ALL THE WHILE KNOWING THERE IS A PROVISION THAT ALLOWS THEM TO PAY A RELATIVELY SMALL FINE TO GET OUT OF HAVING TO DO SO
    THE SYNTHETIC GAS PRODUCED WILL UNDOUBTLY COST US (THE CONSUMERS) MORE
    MAKING SYNTHETIC GAS IS ENERGY INTENSIVE
    THE 3 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FUNDED PARTLY BY SUBSIDIES WILL ONLY RESULT IN 100 PERMANENT JOBS AND MOST IMPORTANT OF THEM ALL, THIS PROJECT WILL DIRECTLY AFFECT THE HEALTH OF MY FAMILY AND ALL THOSE RESIDENTS WHO LIVE VERY CLOSE TO THE PROPOSED LOCATION.

    Martin A. Morales
  • May 7, 2012

    WE ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE SAY NO TO LUCADIA PLANT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE DON'T THE DIRTY ENERGY INDUSTRY IN OUR BACK YARD. WE ARE A MINORITY COMMUNITY SO THEY THINK THEY CAN SHOVE THIS DOWN OUR THROAT. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU WE WON'T HAVE.

    I BEG YOU TO VOTE NO. WE THE CITIZENS MUST BE HEARD.

    AURORA INSURRIAGA
  • May 7, 2012

    WE on the Southeast Side SAY NO TO THIS PROPOSAL. We already have a very high incidence of illness and polution. We do not believe this is a safe industry.
    RAUL INSURRIAGA
  • May 7, 2012

    The Luecadia Coal Gasification Plant will produce pollution in an area that is already filled with pullutants. It is energy inefficient to produce synthetic gas in this manner. We have learned in other instances that it is not wise to go in this direction. Why do people have to tolerate harmful conditions like would result from this proposed operation. Find another location for this plant. I strongly object to locating it where it is being proposed or give up the idea altogether because of the energy it will take to create the gas. The whole idea is foolish.
    Adele Benck
  • May 7, 2012

    There is a concern for additional air pollution and usage of large quantities of water. Is this plant really necessary?
    Kathleen Gadarowski
  • May 7, 2012

    It is Bad for the environment too clostly for consumers!
    David Bartlett
  • May 7, 2012

    Chicago Clean Energy is not clean energy when they use coal and produce gas. Coal is not clean. The bi-products are not clean. Massive amounts of CO2 is just one of many dangerous bi-products.

    The only thing coal should be used for is making steel. To melt iron ore you need coal. But for anything else we need to use non polluting methods for electrical power.

    Three billion dollar plant to make gas is a total waste. And, they want free lake water to use in their plant. No.

    We want clean energy methods to be used such as wind, solar, or thermal. We need to build more heat efficient homes. We need more electric cars. We need to stop global warming that comes from fossil fuel sources; CO2 and green house gasses.

    Dave Vance
  • May 7, 2012

    I'm apposed to this contract for many reason. 1) This will add more toxic waste to our community. 2) The plant will add more emissions to our air. 3)The plant will consume more water than any environment can handle which is so counterpart in this time of day. 4) The cost to us in regards to money is excessive. Don't be fooled by any calms of cost effectiveness in this company. It is all smoke and mirrors.

    Be smart and more environmentally conscience, Don't allow this company to put it's claws into the southeast side.

    Thank-you for your time.

    Michele

    Michele Rosado
  • May 7, 2012

    I'm writing to express my opposition to the Luecadia Coal Gasification plant on the SE side of Chicago.

    WHY?

    THE PLANT WILL ADD MORE POLLUTED AIR EMISSIONS TO OUR ALREADY POLLUTED COMMUNTIES
    THE PLANT WILL USE 10 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER DAILY AND ONLY RETURN 2 MILLION - THAT'S A NET LOSS OF 8 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
    UP TO 3 MILLION TONS OF COAL WILL NEED TO BE MINED ANNUALLY FOR THIS PLANT
    THE PLANT WILL PRODUCE TOXIC WASTE THAT WILL NEED TO BURIED SOMEWHERE
    LEUCADIA CLAIMS THEY WILL SEQUESTER THEIR AIR EMISSIONS (GREENHOUSE GASES) ALL THE WHILE KNOWING THERE IS A PROVISION THAT ALLOWS THEM TO PAY A RELATIVELY SMALL FINE TO GET OUT OF HAVING TO DO SO
    THE SYNTHETIC GAS PRODUCED WILL UNDOUBTLY COST US (THE CONSUMERS) MORE
    MAKING SYNTHETIC GAS IS ENERGY INTENSIVE
    THE 3 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FUNDED PARTLY BY SUBSIDIES WILL ONLY RESULT IN 100 PERMANENT JOBS

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Walter Furness
    Northwestern University

    Walter Furness
  • May 7, 2012

    We in the 10th ward, SE side of Chicago are more than sick and tired of being literally dumped on and surrounded by noxious odor after noxious odor for years and years now!! We truly do not want this facility and suggest that you take it elsewhere...we have the Ford plant paint smells, the sewage smells from the company near Altgeld Gardens, the more than unpleasant dump odors, etc., etc., etc.!! Give this "wonderful opportunity" to someone else!! This is insane. I have lived here for 47 years and am sick of the odors, dirt, etc. foisted upon us by all the politicians we have had in the name of progress!! Enough is enough!!
    Donna Pinta
  • May 7, 2012

    It is critical that you prevent development of the Luecadia Gasification plant on the Southeast side.

    Such a plant would add more polluted air emissions to our already polluted community.
    It would use 10 million gallons of water daily and only return 2 million -- a net loss of 8 million gallons per day.

    Up to 3 million tons of coal would need to be mined annually for this plant.
    Toxic waste would need to be buried somewhere.

    Greenhouse gases from the plant would incur only a small fine.
    The synthetic gases from the plant would cost consumers more.

    Making synthetic gas is energy intensive.
    The 3 billion dollar project funded partly by subsidies woild only result in 100 permanent jobs.

    For these reasons, approval of this project is unconscionable.

    Ann and Cliff Joseph
  • May 7, 2012

    I do NOT support this proposal.

    Cook County already has particulate counts much higher than the EPA allowable levels. Coal plants only increase this type of pollution.

    Additionally, asthma rates are at record levels in the S. Cook County--not in small part due to the the air pollution that residents are exposed to each year.

    Why not invest money into clean, renewable sources of energy such as wind power?

    Thank you for hearing me out.

    Sincerely,
    Jane Blew Healy
    member of the board of education of Cook County School District 130

    Jane Blew Healy
  • May 7, 2012

    Given the devastating effects of coal mining one natural ecosystems, the ultimate unsustainability of energy intensive energy production, and the growing need to treat our water resources as precious, I strongly oppose the construction of the lucadia plant on Ave. O in the Calumet region.

    Thank You, Mario Longoni

    Mario Longoni
  • May 7, 2012

    " NO LUECADIA COAL GASIFICATION PLANT ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE"
    Hector Barriga
  • May 7, 2012

    Please do not permit Luecadia Goal Gasification to open its doors on the Souteast Side.
    My familiy to date is dealing with the effects of years of living with polliton from the Steel Mills. Why must our community have to fight to keep clean air and stop the pollution and dumping in our neighborhood. I keeping asking why in my backyard. If politians want these plants to open. Let them vote to put them in their back yards.

    Saira Bensett

    Saira Bensett
  • May 7, 2012

    no such thing as clean coal!!! Do not poison our air for cheap political gain. How can you even think of putting a coal plant near a high school? This plan is wrong on so many levels.
    Susan Schoephoester
  • May 7, 2012

    Dear Sir,

    I am a life-long resident of Chicago's southeast side. I worked at Republic Steel Corp. in 1958-62. This proposed coal-gassification plant would be located on the now vacant Republic Steel site. My home is within two-miles of this site. The trains that will carry the coal and pet coke come through my neighborhood. Please, do not subject us to more air pollution of a pet coke and coal gassification facility.

    In addition, People's Gas has said no to this plan because of the additional cost, and the builders want 100% of the building cost from the gas delivery companies. This is outrages. Gas is plentiful and prices are down. Please say NO to this request.

    Judith Lihota
    12932 S. Escanaba Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60633

    Judith A. Lihota
  • May 7, 2012

    As a South Side resident of Chicago, I am opposed to the construction of the Leucadia Coal Gasification Plant because it will cause harm to the public's health, impacting myself and the Southeast Side community. I think Chicago residents deserve to have clean air and we should take more steps such as shutting down Fisk and Crawford, not going in the wrong direction and building more harmful plants.

    Thank you,
    Angela Li

    Angela Li
  • May 7, 2012

    As a southsider, I have seen time and time again dirty investing in environmentally dangerous and negligent causes. Leucadia is yet another attempt to marginalize the southside and should be prevented for the sake of our futures. Thank you.
    Christopher Hester
  • May 7, 2012

    Please don't build Leucadia. Opening a coal gasification plant is an investment in the past. Let's head for the future instead, and make that future a healthy and green one.
    Alana Cole
  • May 7, 2012

    I strongly oppose the construction of the Leucadia coal gasification plant because it is an environmental injustice being done to a community that has already been forced to suffer too much environmental injustice in the past. Furthermore, there are better and greener ways to provide jobs to the southeast side of Chicago, and there are better uses of ratepayers' money than to pay for a supposedly "clean" coal project rather than a true clean energy project.
    Marissa Lieberman-Klein
  • May 7, 2012

    The ICC should not fund the Leucadia coal gasification plant because it will compromise the health of Chicago residents. Furthermore, coal gasification is an energy-intensive, polluting process that will halt Chicago's progress towards a clean energy economy.
    Grace Pai
  • May 7, 2012

    "As a NICOR customer, I am outraged that I will be forced to buy gas for twice the price from a dirty plant that is polluting Chicago residents."
    Tracey McFadden
  • May 7, 2012

    I am very opposed to the building of the "Clean" coal plant on the southeast side of Chicago. There is no such thing as clean coal. The south side of Chicago has been a dumping ground for years and is attempting to make a come back while your coal plant will just put us back too far. I live in Historic Pullman neighborhood which is attempting to become part of the National Park system. It seems ironic that the Senator wants to make us a National Park while your company wants to install a coal plant nearby.
    Nanette Zier
  • May 7, 2012

    As a NICOR customer, I am outraged that I will be forced to buy gas for twice the price from a dirty plant that is polluting Chicago residents. The community has a right to breath clean air and it is inappropriate to allow a cancer risk.
    Kathleen McFadden
  • May 7, 2012

    Dear ICC commissioners,
    Please help us stop "Chicago Clean Energy, Inc." from moving into my neighborhood on the southside of Chicago. I know that this company is Leucadia National, and they want to build a coal gasification plant blocks from a large Chicago Public High School named Washington High School. This is outrageous. There is no such thing as "clean coal." We will not be duped into paying for this pollution in our community. Please do not allow the Leucadia contract to move forward.
    Gratefully,
    Kevin Kuhn
    11308 S. Forrestville Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60628

    Kevin Kuhn
  • May 7, 2012

    Christina Verrilli
    13300 S Baltimore Ave
    Chicago, IL 60617
    tmvemail@yahoo.com

    Regarding: P-11-0710

    Dear Commissioners:

    I am writing to urge you to rule against Leucadia, LLS in your current re-hearing. As a resident of South Chicago, I am firmly against Leucadia's coal gasification plant coming into my community. We live in an area that is plagued with coal industries that only harm human health and the environment. Many community members suffer from asthma, cancer, and other respiratory ails. The air is heavily polluted and I find this unacceptable. We need to fight for the right to live in a clean and healthy community, free of coal plants!

    Sincerely,
    Christina Verrilli

    Christina Verrilli
  • May 7, 2012

    It is clear that world wide consensus has been achieved by climate scientists who have determined global warming is the result of anthropogenic activities. All oxidation of any carbon substances represents further generation of one of the the causative agents, the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. To be building more power generating plants based on the oxidation of coal is unconscionable. As a NICOR customer I find it unacceptable that plans for building a plant based on coal oxidation is planned.
    John Towell III
  • May 7, 2012

    Dear Commissioners,

    I'm writing today to ask you to rule against the proposed Leucadia Coal Gasification Plant. This plant will detrimentally impact the community of the Southeast side and the health of all Chicago residents. The status of the environment, including that of air and water, will further decline in a region already suffering environmental degradation. We want a better future for the southeast side. People should not have to choose between a job and clean air. That is not a choice. The southeast sides need green industry and green jobs, not more pollution.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Sandy Carter

    Sandy Carter
  • May 7, 2012

    Leucadia would detrimentally injure the East Side community and be detrimental to efforts to bring about a sustainable future. Really not something that we want. Thanks for listening!
    K. Eldredge
  • May 7, 2012

    These proposed contracts, if they resulted in the eventual construction of a gasification plant on the East Side of Chicago, would harm the community both by forcing it to depend on an unsustainable, environmentally unfriendly form of energy for years to come and by greatly increasing the risk of public health problems brought about by the pollution and dirty air associated with coal gasification plants. I, along with many other members of this community, firmly oppose the plans for the new Leucadia plant, and hope the Commerce Commission will take the views of the community most directly affected by the construction of this plant into account when determining whether or not to fund it.
    Ross Carstens
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