The Environmental and Health Implications of Petcoke Energy Production

South Texas Studies, Vol. 18, pp. 34-48, 2007

21 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2012

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John P. Tiefenbacher

Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Geography

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Due to recent proposals to construct and operate petroleum coke-based energy-generating plants in Victoria, at Point Comfort and throughout the State of Texas, residents of South Texas have become concerned about the potential for environmental and health impacts from air and water pollution generated by these plants. This paper examines the issues associated with integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology and the use of petroleum coke as fuel at electricity production facilities, reports on the search for evidence of impacts in communities surrounding existing IGCC plants, and applies the results to provide a picture of the implications of these proposals. Geographical and temporal scale issues, however, indicate that the greater concern ought to probably be placed on the long-term and global impacts of new commitments to fossil-fuel energy production in this age of global climate change. This paper concludes with a discussion of the ethical and intellectual debates that ought to determine social acceptability of future energy production in South Texas.

Keywords: petroleum coke, gasification, carbon sequestration, climate change, ethics

Suggested Citation

Tiefenbacher, John P., The Environmental and Health Implications of Petcoke Energy Production (2007). South Texas Studies, Vol. 18, pp. 34-48, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2017910

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