State’s legal showdown may preview national battle over hydrogen


The developer of a $4.5 billion hydrogen project in Louisiana is in a legal battle with local lawmakers in a case that analysts say could preview conflicts around the country, reports Energy Wire.

Air Products and Chemicals Inc. announced a year ago that it would build its sprawling Louisiana Clean Energy Complex across multiple parishes in the Baton Rouge area. The captured carbon would then be piped into a permanent storage facility located deep beneath Lake Maurepas.

The plans drew enthusiastic backing from Gov. John Bel Edwards, but in October the council of Livingston Parish threw Air Products’ plans in doubt by approving a one-year moratorium on well-drilling and seismic testing on its territory. Read the entire story.