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September 2014

Compliance Offset Protocol Mine Methane Capture Projects - Effective July 1st

The Compliance Offset Protocol for Mine Methane Capture (MMC) Projects, adopted by the California EPA Air Resources Board in April 2014, became effective on July 1, 2014.

The MMC protocol provides methods to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions associated with the capture and destruction of methane (CH4) that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere as a result of mining operations at active underground and surface coal and trona mines, and abandoned underground coal mines.

Offset Project Operators or Authorized Project Designees that install methane capture and destruction technologies must use the methods contained in this protocol to quantify and report GHGs. The protocol is comprised of both quantification methodologies and regulatory program requirements to develop an MMC project for generating ARB offset credits.

United States

ARB Compliance Offset Protocol - Mine Methane Capture Projects (PDF, 739 KB, 148 pp)

Frequently asked questions concerning MMC will be coming to the CARB website soon.

Emissions Reduction Fund planned to encourage private investment in CMM capture

Australia

Australia's coalition government is looking to replace the current carbon levy with an Emissions Reduction Fund, to help firms lower greenhouse gas emissions. The new policy will contribute to "global action on climate change. . ." Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra. "What the Emissions Reduction Fund will do is help drive private-sector investment into practical actions, such as cleaning up waste coal-mine gas, cleaning up waste landfill gas, cleaning up methane and energy efficiency on a significant scale."

More information can be found here Exit EPA.

India approves pricing parity between CBM and Natural Gas

Australia

The Indian government has agreed to a proposal for coalbed methane (CBM) operators to price their production on par with domestic natural gas, according to an official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. However, the pricing parity would only become effective after the government revised natural gas pricing, a topic in the works for over a year, the official said.

The price-parity approval would be effective for three CBM operators, Great Eastern Energy, Essar Oil and ONGC Limited. For Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), approval has been withheld while the government seeks additional information from the company.

More information at Mining Weekly - CBM Pricing Exit EPA.

India considering report on Coal India restructuring

India's Coal Ministry has announced it is studying the recommendations of consultants Deloitte on restructuring options for Coal India, the world's largest coal producer. A government committee has urged the ministry to restructure Coal India to help reduce a nationwide shortage of coal, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the power generated in the country.

Reuters reported on May 21 that new Prime Minister Narendra Modi was exploring breaking up the company and opening up the nationalized sector to foreign investment to boost output and cut imports, although there would be considerable resistance from Coal India's powerful unions.

More information at Mining Weekly - Coal India. Exit EPA.

Events

Upcoming Events

2014 Pittsburgh Coal Conference
6 - 9 October 2014
Pittsburgh, PA
Website: www.engineering.pitt.edu/PCC.aspx?id=2147488856 Exit EPA

Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting
22 October 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
Website: www.globalmethane.org/news-events/event_detailsByEventId.aspx?eventId=443 Exit EPA

9th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM
23 October 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
Website: www.unece.org/energy/coalmine/meetings.html Exit EPA

7th International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases
5-7 November 2014
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website: http://ncgg.info/ Exit EPA

2014 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference
18-20 November 2014
Pittsburg, PA, USA
Website: http://www.cmm2014usconference.com/ Exit EPA

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Publications

Recently Released Publications (non-EPA)

Methane drainage and utilization in coal mines with strong coal and gas outburst dangers: A case study in Luling mine, China.
Xiaoni Qi et al., July 2014
Zhou et al, September 2014. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
Volume 20, Pages 357-365 Exit EPA

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