DOE withholds records on big CO2-capture project

Apr 30, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The U.S. Department of Energy is withholding records on a Wyoming carbon-capture project on the grounds that a legal investigation is under way.

The carbon-capture study at the Two Elk power plant site near Wright got almost $10 million in economic stimulus grants from the federal Energy Department.

Two Elk developer North American Power Group, based in Greenwood Village, Colo., halted the carbon-capture study over a year ago. Researchers who expected a well to be drilled say that didn't happen.

The Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents showing what happened. The Energy Department denied the request, saying that releasing a law enforcement record could interfere with an active investigation.

A message left Tuesday for company President Michael Ruffatto and Vice President Brad Enzi wasn't immediately returned.

Enzi is the son of Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.

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