Lawmakers Agree to Meet for Peabody

State lawmakers agree to take part in a special legislative session to consider an incentive package to bring a $3-billion coal gasification plant to Kentucky .

Executives with Peabody Energy met with Governor Fletcher and legislative leaders in Louisville on July 25, 2007.

Lawmakers were hoping to persuade Peabody to bring its coal-gasification plant to the state and it appears the state is a step closer to having a verbal commitment from the company.

Fletcher said the plant would create jobs and a new market for Kentucky coal.

But despite these incentives, some environmental groups say it would actually harm the state.

Several potential sites for the plant have been identified across the Bluegrass, including Brier Creek and Paradise Mine in Muhlenberg County and D.B. Wilson Power Station in Ohio County.

To lure the plant to the state, the general assembly still has to approve $300-million in tax incentives.

House Speaker Jody Richards and Senate President David Williams say legislative leaders have agreed to go to Frankfort on July 30, only to adjourn.

The lawmakers will then ask Fletcher to issue another call for a special session, possibly as early as Aug. 13.

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