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Coalbed Methane News, November 2014

Developments in China's Carbon Policy

Presented at September's UN Climate summit, the Global Carbon Project estimated that China's contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was at 28 percent. China is in the process of creating policies that would reduce GHG emissions 40-45 percent from 2005 levels. A major facet of delivering results is through the use of a national carbon market. Currently there are pilot carbon trading markets established in seven Chinese provinces, which if nationalized as planned in 2016, would create the world's largest carbon trading market. The carbon market could cover up to 4 billion tonnes of CO2e, and may reach a collective value of $65 billion by 2020, as estimated by the National Development and Reform Commission. The existing carbon market in China covers approximately 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2e at a value of roughly $140 million.

China

China's 13th Five Year Plan, which will be published in 2016, also includes a recommendation to cap coal consumption at 60 percent of the country's energy mix, which at the end of 2013 was at 67 percent. This is in an effort to reduce long term coal consumption and includes a restriction on low quality coal imports effective January 1st, 2015. If these policies are invoked and enforced, it could pose financial implications on countries that export coal to China, such as Australia and Indonesia, who are the largest exporters of coal to China .

See more: The Great Coal Cap (PDF, 48pp, 1.69 MB)Exit EPA
Charting China's Carbon Horizon Exit EPA

U.S. State Department Supports International Methane Reduction Through Funding Opportunities

As a part of the President's Climate Action Plan, Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $15 million to the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation program to help curb methane emissions. The program will be administered by the World Bank, and will act as a "climate finance instrument to stimulate funding for projects that reduce methane pollution." Establishing the Facility is aimed at providing market stabilization for project developers, by paying a competitive and guaranteed price for each tonne of methane avoided by a project.

More Information: U.S. State Department Article

Methane Hotspot Identified Over U.S. Four Corners Area

An area around 2,500 square miles Located in the Four Corners area of the Southwest has been found to contain the highest levels of methane in the conterminous US that can be viewed from space. A study of satellite imagery captured from 2003 to 2009, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and NASA, concluded that the area released about 590 thousand tonnes of methane into the atmosphere annually. These methane emissions from the extraction of fossil fuels were previously unaccounted for in prior emissions prediction totals. Ground observations were also conducted to validate observations of satellite imagery.

As the study predated widespread use of hydraulic fracturing, it is believed that the concentration of methane in the area is due to emissions that occur during production and processing of fossil fuels. The results of the study highlight that there may be valuable opportunities for lowering emissions by employing best practices for extraction and processing.

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See more: NASA Press Release
See more: The Biggest Methane Leak in America Is in New Mexico
See more: Four corners: The largest US methane anomaly viewed from space

Carbon Corner

Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Information

State legislator includes biologically derived methane gas to Ohio's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This addition states that "Renewable energy resources do not have to be converted to electricity in order to be eligible to receive renewable energy credits. The rules shall specify that, for purposes of converting the quantity of energy derived from biologically derived methane gas to an electricity equivalent, one megawatt hour equals 3,412,142 British thermal units."

The bill went into effect September 13, 2014 and is set to include coal mine methane, landfill gas, agriculture methane, etc.

Details of Bill: Ohio RPS Bill

2013 to 2014 Comparison of Average Monthly Prices of Gas, Electricity and Carbon Offsets (ARB):

2013-2014 Average Monthly Price of Gas

Sources: Henry Hub Prices*, ARB Offset Prices** Exit EPA, Electricity Prices***

*Henry Hub gas prices are a widely accepted national indicator of gas prices, and therefore chosen for this display. **ARB Offset Prices shown represent all compliance offset protocols. The Mine Methane Capture protocol was not adopted until April 2014. ***Retail electricity prices displayed are for all sectors covering the entire U.S.

Events

Upcoming Events

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

Pre Conference Workshop – California Air Resources Board (ARB) Mine Methane Capture (MMC) Protocol
18 November 2014
Pittsburgh, PA
Website: http://www.cmm2014usconference.com/workshops.php Exit EPA

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

14th International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
16 - 17 December 2014
Beijing, China
Website:http://www.nios.com.cn/c/index_en/latestnews/12861.htmlExit EPA

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Publications

Recently Released Publications

The Global Methane Initiative
F. Ruiz, C. Boger, and R. Pilcher, October, 2014.
GMI article, World Coal Exit EPA (PDF, 4 pp, 1.5 MB)

Coal-Packed Methane Biofilter for Mitigation of Green House Gas Emissions from Coal Mine Ventilation Air
H. Limbri, C. Gunawan, T. Thomas, A. Smith, J. Scott, B. Rosche, April, 2014.
PLOSone.Org Exit EPA

Analysis of Coal Mine Methane Development Technology in China
Xin Sun et al, December, 2013.
http://www.scientific.net/ Exit EPA

CMM Flaring: Technology and Case Studies
CMOP Flaring Flyer, PDF Oct 2014 (2 pp, 395 KB)

Coal Mine Methane Mitigation and Utilization Technologies and Project Profiles
(also referred to as the Coal Mine Methane Technology Database)
CMOP CMM Tech Database, PDF Oct 2014 Exit EPA (35 pp, 423 KB)

Legal and Regulatory Status of CMM Ownership in Key Countries: Considerations for Decision Makers
Mongolian: EPA CMOP-Mongolian, PDF July 2014 (57 pp, 989 KB)
Russian: EPA CMOP-Russian, PDF July 2014 (60 pp, 1.0 MB)
Spanish: EPA CMOP-Spanish, PDF July 2014 (56 pp, 753 KB)

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Coalbed Methane News, October 2014

First Mine Methane Project Listed with ARB

The California Air Resources Boards (ARB) announced in early September that the first coal mine methane capture offset project had applied for the conversion of 80,766 credits from Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs) to ARB offset credits (ARBOCs) through the early action mechanism. ARBOCs can be used by firms with emissions covered under the cap-and-trade program to account for up to 8 percent of their obligations in any given compliance year.

The VAMOX Demonstration Project at JWR Shaft No. 4-9 was first listed with the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) in January 2010 as CAR577. The CAR listing states that the ‘project activity involves the use of a 30,000 scfm VAMOX® regenerative thermal oxidation demonstration unit to destroy a portion of the GHG emissions from JWR’s shaft No. 4-9′. Four other mine methane projects have been listed with CAR and are expected to be eligible for early action. Of these, two – Solvay Chemicals’ Green River Trona Mine and Verdeo Sindicatum’s Verdeo McElroy VAM Abatement Project – have earned a combined 449,077 CRTs, and could potentially look to list for ARBOC conversion. In addition, Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) mine methane projects are also eligible for the California offset program. Mine methane capture was approved as the fifth project type in California cap and trade at the Board meeting in April, and was officially introduced on July 1 .

United States

Source: California Carbon.info Exit EPA

Federal Judge Halts West Elk Expansion

A Federal District Judge has overturned the approval of Arch Coal’s expansion of its coal mining lease at the West Elk Mine in Colorado, originally approved in 2012 by the Forest Service and BLM. Judge R. Brooke Jackson's ruling hinged on a view that the USFS and BLM had not adequately considered the effects of coal-fired electric generation on global warming. The ruling also outlaws construction work for methane vent bore holes. The expansion of the West Elk Mine has been the subject of numerous lawsuits from environmental groups going back to 2008.

Source: Delta County Independent Exit EPA

Generating Electricity at Yorkshire's Abandoned Mines

UK

Alkane Energy, an independent U.K. power generator, has added a further three closed coal mines to its portfolio of sites that can generate electricity from abandoned mine methane. The three mines are situated in the Yorkshire coalfields, which are some of the gassiest in the country. The Maltby mine near Rotherham has the potential to generate 10MW, the Prince of Wales colliery in Wakefield, 2MW, and the Markham Main mine at Doncaster, could generate up to 4MW, depending on the results of current drilling to test methane levels.

Source: Yorkshire Post Exit EPA

Draft Emissions Reduction Fund Methods Released for Public Consultation

Australia

The first draft emissions reduction methods for projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund were released for public consultation on 5, September 2014. The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centerpiece of the Australian Government's efforts to tackle climate change. Emissions reduction methods set out the rules for estimating emissions reductions from proposed activities. The three draft methods cover projects for landfill gas recovery, alternative waste treatment and cleaning up emissions from coal mining. These areas were identified as key priorities for method development in consultation with industry.

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.

Source: Australian Ministry for the Environment Exit EPA

The coal mining draft method determination: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/emissions-reduction-fund/methods 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

Legal and Regulatory Status of CMM Ownership in Key Countries: Considerations for Decision Makers
EPA CMOP, July 2014 (PDF, 49 pp, 697KB)

Scale Effect of Ceramic Foam Burner on the Combustion Characteristics of Low-Concentration Coal Mine Methane
H.Dai and B.Lin, September 8, 2014.
Energy Fuels article, American Chemical Society

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Coalbed Methane News, 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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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)

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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

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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.

Australia

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

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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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Recently Released Publications

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