3 DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS-SYNTHETIC FUEL
Our synthetic fuel operations consisted of four coal-based synthetic fuel production facilities (the "Facilities"). Because tax credits under Section 45K of the IRC are not available for the production and sale of synthetic fuel produced from coal after calendar year-end 2007, and because we estimated that high oil prices during 2007 would result in the phaseout of a significant portion of the tax credits available for synthetic fuel produced and sold in 2007, on November 3, 2007, we shut down the Facilities and permanently ceased production of synthetic fuel. Accordingly, we now report this business as a discontinued operation.
The following tables provide additional income statement and balance sheet information relating to our discontinued synthetic fuel operations. The discontinued synthetic fuel operations reflected in the income statements for 2008 and 2007 only represent activity related to Marriott and there were no noncontrolling interests.
Income Statement Summary