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Coal-burning ferryboat could test natural gas fuel


LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- A coal-burning Lake Michigan ferryboat could become a demonstration vessel for a pilot study on the use of alternative fuels on the Great Lakes.

The Ludington Daily News reported ( Saturday that the S.S. Badger is being proposed to study the feasibility of natural gas as a marine fuel. The proposal was detailed in an October letter from University of Wisconsin-Superior to the Wisconsin State Energy Office.

The school was seeking more money for the project.

The 410-foot vessel travels between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. The Badger began hauling rail cars on the lake in 1953 and was refurbished to carry passengers and their vehicles in the early 1990s. It's the nation's last steamship powered by coal.

The vessel's practice of dumping waste ash into the lake has drawn scrutiny.


Information from: Ludington Daily News,

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