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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/disascurrissue/11.pdf (PDF, 12 pp, 1.7MB) 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.

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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.

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Research: Bacteria to Tackle Coal Mine Methane Emissions

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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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