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Coal Slurry Pipeline


Coal, a primary energy source, is presently fueling the fires of debate in Virginia. The controversy has arisen over a plan developed by private investors to construct a coal slurry pipeline. The pipeline, as proposed, would transport between five and twenty-five million tons of coal annually from southwest Virginia to the Tidewater area. The coal would be pulverized and combined in a fifty percent mixture with water. Once the coal reaches its destination, the water would be extracted by centrifuge, leaving the coal ready for use.