Solid Energy Finally Comes Clean On Lignite Pollution Estimate

February 18, 2011


State-owned coalminer Solid Energy has released figures that show its planned lignite to liquid fuel operation is likely to produce double the greenhouse emissions of standard diesel in New Zealand.

In November 2010, the company initially refused WWF-New Zealand’s Official Information Act (OIA) request for their comparison of lignite-to-diesel emissions with crude oil-to-diesel emissions, claiming the information was a trade secret, but has now released one page of analysis following WWF’s complaint to the Ombudsman.

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