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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:

  • U.S. Government climate policy and the role of methane emissions and emission reductions
  • Mine methane resources and existing mine methane capture projects in the U.S.
  • Important legal and regulatory developments impacting the coal industry and mine methane projects
  • Global best practices for mine methane capture and use
  • Applicable technologies for mine gas management and use
  • Project development, economics and finance
  • Integration of mine methane use or destruction with mine operations including the perspective of coal mine operators
  • International CMM developments

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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