New Ohio Plant Would Make Fuel From Coal For Military

CLEVELAND (AP) - A company in Vancouver (Washington) wants to build a new plant in Ohio that would mix Appalachian coal with wood and other waste to make ultra-clean synthetic jet and diesel fuel for the military.

Baard Energy says it has plans for a four (b) billion dollar facility in Wellsville, about 50 miles south of Youngstown, near the Ohio River.

The four-year construction project would begin next year and generate four thousand construction jobs, mostly in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in northeast Ohio.

The Pentagon is looking to create a secure source of fuel insulated from global tensions. An Air Force official says the military is still testing synthetic fuels and must certify they won't damage jet engines before signing any purchase contracts.