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Coalbed Methane News, August 2014

Don't Forget to Save the Date for the 2014 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference

November 18th - 20th, 2014. Pittsburgh, PA.

View more details on the conference website: www.cmm2014usconference.com Exit EPA.

GreenGas Resurrects Two AMM Projects in Germany

Germany

Green Gas Germany has announced the acquisition of two AMM to energy projects, 20 kilometers west of Dortmund in the northern Ruhr region. The installations, first operational in 2004, drain methane from mines closed in the 1980s. The methane is used to power combined heat and electricity production (CHP), with a total estimated installed capacity of 2 MW electrical power.

The CHPs at the Lothringen site are currently shut down because of low methane concentrations, but Green Gas Germany plans to restart production with patented technology that can utilize coalmine gas with methane contents below 20%. When fully operational, both sites where mitigating more than 5 million m3 AMM annually. Both projects benefit from the attractive German Renewable Energy System, which guarantees stable electricity prices for a time frame of 20 years.

More details can be found on the GreenGas Germany website 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

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Publications

Recently Released Publications (non-EPA)

Modeling thermal oxidation of coal mine methane in a non-catalytic reverse flow reactor
Xiaoni Qi et al., July 2014
Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 60(2014)7-8, pp 495-505 (PDF, 11 pp, 1.4 MB)Exit EPA

A probabilistic assessment of enhanced coal mine methane drainage (ECMM) as a fugitive emission reduction strategy for open cut coal mines
Sander, R. & Connell, L.D., September 2014
CSIRO. International Journal of Coal Geology, Vol 131, pp 288-303 Exit EPA

An environmental risk assessment for coal bed, coal mine and abandoned mine methane operations in England
U.K. Government Environment Agency, July 2014
Report (PDF, 165 pp, 2.05 MB) Exit EPA, Summary (PDF, 1 pp, 60 KB)

Coalbed Methane News, July 2014

Save the Date!

The U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, November 18-20, 2014. This year's conference will be especially timely because of the April 2014 adoption of the Mine Methane Capture (MMC) protocol by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) as part of its Cap-and-Trade program. The Protocol is already generating significant interest in CMM projects, and is expected to spur increased development of mine methane projects throughout the U.S.

The agenda will include:

View more details on the conference website: www.cmm2014usconference.com Exit EPA.

Australia: CSIRO study to measure methane seeps from CBM development

Australia

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, has laid out plans to conduct a new study into the effects of coalbed methane (CBM) development activity.

Researchers will investigate whether CBM activity is causing methane seeps in Queensland’s Surat Basin, with field surveys beginning later in 2014, using a new laser technique to identify the location of methane seeps.

The CSIRO study will give authorities baseline data to compare over the life of the CBM industry and will be funded through a partnership between CSIRO and CBM companies operating in Australia. An initial report on the project is listed in the New Publications section.

See more at World Coal Exit EPA.

Events

Upcoming Events

10th International Mine Ventilation Congress
2-8 August 2014
Sun City, South Africa
Website: http://imvc2014.org/ Exit EPA

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

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Publications

Recently Released Publications (non-EPA)

Pricing of Uncertain Certified Emissions Reductions in a Chinese Coal Mine Methane Project with an Extended Rubenstein-Stahl Model
Xiangyang Xu, Joanna Horabik, Zbigniew Nahorski
April 2014
Climatic Change, June 2014, Volume 124, Issue 3, pp 617-632 Exit EPA

Characterization of Regional Fluxes of Methane in the Surat Basin, Queensland
Stuart Day, Mark Dell’Amico, David Etheridge, Cindy Ong, Andrew Rodger, Bradford Sherman and Damian Barrett
December 2013
CSIRO. View PDF (64 pp, 4.85MB) Exit EPA

Coalbed Methane News, June 2014

Proposed Australia Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper

In April 2014, Australia's Labour Government released a white paper offering an alternative to the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM). The white paper proposes to repeal the CPM and replace it with an Emissions Reduction Fund of AUS$2.55 billion, part of the Government's Direction Action Plan. Under the proposed incentive-based plan, emission reduction projects would be voluntary and the project sponsors would offer emission reductions to be generated by the project in an auction. Actual emission reductions would be purchased by the Government as they are generated using the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The proposed scheme is similar to approaches being considered in other markets, collectively referred to as Results Based Financing. However, international offsets will not be accepted into the ERF.

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Technical working groups have been established to develop methodologies for certain source categories including coal mine methane (CMM). Sources with straightforward methods that can be developed quickly are being prioritized so that those methodologies are being developed first. CMM, in particular, is noted in the White Paper as an example because emissions are already covered under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme. The CMM methodology will reportedly cover the capture and flaring and/or electricity generation at underground and open cut mines and, in time, Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) oxidation at active underground mines. It will use existing factors used under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme to directly measure the amount of methane captured and destroyed.

The White Paper can be found on the Australian Department of Environment Emissions Reduction Fund website Exit EPA.

Events

Upcoming Events

California Air Resources Board Mine Methane Capture Offset Projects: Listing, Verification and Offset Credit Issuance
11 June 2014 (11am EDT)
Online Webinar
Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3287130007460502785Exit EPA

10th China International Coal & Mining Equipment Exhibition 2014
12 - 14 June 2014
Beijing, China
Website: http://coal.infomine.com/events/showeventcontent.asp?id=27808 Exit EPA

An Overview of Offsets From Mine Methane Capture and Role in California Cap-and-Trade
19 June 2014 (1pm EDT)
Online Webinar
Website: https://events.climateactionreserve.org/event/overview-offsets-mine-methane-capture-and-role-california-cap-and-trade Exit EPA

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Publications

Recently Released Publications (non-EPA)

ACM0008: Abatement of Methane from Coal Mines
Revision 8.0; Updated February 12, 2014

See more information and download the revised methodology on the UNFCCC website Exit EPA.

Effects of Moisture on Characteristics of Coal-Bed (-Mine) Methane Seepage
Zhen, Zenghua & Yongliang (May 2014). Disaster Advances. Vol. 7 (5)
Study investigating the impact of water-injected methane drainage boreholes on methane recovery rates from coal seams.
http://shankargargh.org/disas_backissue/vol(7)2014/may2014.aspx Exit EPA

Coalbed Methane News, May 2014

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California Air Resources Board Adopts Mine Methane Capture Offset Protocol

On Friday April 25, the California Air Resources Board approved amendments to the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. The Board also voted to adopt a new protocol that would generate compliance-grade carbon offsets for mine methane. The Mine Methane Capture offset protocol provides a new opportunity for achieving compliance-grade greenhouse gas emissions reductions from sectors which are not under the cap. These amendments will be effective July 1, 2014.

Visit the news release on CARB's website >>>

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BLM to Examine Steps to Reduce Methane from Mining Operations on Public Lands

Thursday, April 25 - As part of President Obama’s recently released Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions, a component of the Climate Action Plan, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is seeking public comment on a possible rulemaking that could reduce the waste of methane from mining operations on public lands.

See more information here >>>

Research: Bacteria to Tackle Coal Mine Methane Emissions

Australia

An Australian industrial waste recycling team will tackle the problem of fugitive coalmine methane (CMM) emissions from underground coal mining using bacteria. James Cook University Exit EPA, the Advanced Manufacturing CRC (AMCRC) and Australian industrial waste emissions innovator MBD Energy, have partnered to create a new coal mine methane remediation solution utilizing methanotrophic bacteria. The methane capture and recycling process Exit EPA (PDF, 1pp, 135KB) is expected to be trialed at German Creek Coal Mine, owned by global mining company Anglo American, in Central Queensland, Australia.

Events

Upcoming Events

CIM Convention 2014 (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum)
11 - 14 May 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: http://vancouver2014.cim.org/ Exit EPA

North American Coalbed Methane Forum
21 May 2014
Morgantown, WV
Website: www.nacbmforum.com/conference.html Exit EPA

Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Internet Meeting
3 June 2014
Virtual Meeting
Website: www.globalmethane.org/news-events/event_detailsByEventId.aspx?eventId=440 Exit EPA

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Publications

Recently Released Publications

Global Mitigation of Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases: 2010 – 2030 Executive Summary (April 2014. EPA Report 430S14001)
The Executive Summary (PDF, 24pp, 15.3 MB) summarizes data and findings of the technical report which was published in September 2013. The report is a comprehensive, global economic analysis that provides data on the abatement potential of non-CO2 greenhouse gases by sector and by region.

Methane Recovery at Surface Mines in the U.S.
USEPA CMOP 2014. Download PDF (2pp, 1.4MB) >>>

Coal-Packed Methane Biofilter for Mitigation of Green House Gas Emissions from Coal Mine Ventilation Air. (Limbri, Gunawan, Thomas, Smith, Scott, Rosche, 2014)
In PLOS ONE Exit EPA, April 2014, Vol 9, Issue 4. Download PDF (9 pp, 535 KB) >>> Exit EPA

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Coalbed Methane News, April 2014

Welcome to the first edition of CMOP's new Coalbed Methane Monthly newsletter.

White House Releases Strategy to Cut Methane

The White House released the Climate Action Plan -- Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions on Friday, March 28. The Strategy summarizes the sources of methane and trends in emissions; setting forth a plan to reduce both domestic and international methane emissions through incentive-based programs and the Administration's existing authorities; and, outlining the Administration's efforts to improve measurement of these emissions.

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Coal Mines: In April of 2014, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will release an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather public input on the development of a program for the capture and sale, or disposal, of waste mine methane on lands leased by the Federal government. In addition, EPA will continue to partner with industry through its voluntary program to reduce institutional, technical, regulatory, and financial barriers to beneficial methane recovery and use at coal mines.

Learn more about the Strategy at the White House blog, and check out the full Strategy (PDF, 15pp. 2MB).

New Research on Methane Emissions Abatement

The University of Newcastle, Australia, has received AUS$30 million to develop and roll-out new abatement technologies for fugitive methane emissions from underground mining operations. The four-year research project will address some of the major technical barriers to the full scale commercial deployment of ventilation air methane (VAM) emissions abatement technologies, including the critical challenge of safe connection to the ventilation systems of underground mines. Australia

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Events

Upcoming Events

Colorado Mining Association Western Mining Conference
14-17 April 2014
Denver, CO
Website: www.coloradomining.org/nu_conferences.php Exit EPA

North American Coalbed Methane Forum
21 May 2014
Morgantown, WV
Website: www.nacbmforum.com Exit EPA

Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Internet Meeting
3 June 2014
Virtual Meeting
Website: www.globalmethane.org/news-events/event_detailsByEventId.aspx?eventId=440 Exit EPA

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Publications

Recently Released Publications

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