Coalbed Methane – Is it worth the Price we have to Pay?

Want to learn more about the effects of Coalbed Methane and how it affects property owners and residents? Check out these links

An Inside Look at Coal Bed Methane An average well pumps over 17,000 gallons of water a day, or 6.2 million gallons a year, from coal bed aquifers

Coalbed Methane and its Effects

A study conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents a number of examples of water quality impacts and other issues encountered after CBM extraction occurred.173 These include reported incidents of:

  • Explosive levels of hydrogen sulfide and methane under buildings and inside homes
  • Death of vegetation (possibly due to seepage of methane and decreased air in root zones)
  • Increased concentrations of methane and hydrogen sulfide in domestic water wells
  • Cloudy well water with increased sediment concentrations following hydraulic fracturing
  • Strong odors and black coal fines in water wells
  • Brown, slimy well water that smelled like petroleum
  • Decrease in well water levels and surface water flows following hydraulic fracturing
  • The discharge of produced water creating new ponds and swamps that were not naturally occurring in particular regions

Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Wells: A Threat to Drinking Water

A pdf document explaining the threat to our drinking water.

Coalbed Methane Industry: Produced Water and Toxic Issues

This presentation uses a coalbed methane pilot project in southeastern British Columbia (Canada) to highlight some of the issues related to toxicity of CBM produced water.  The case study also discusses regulatory negligence with respect to the project, and how the province of BC allowed and continues to allow the project to proceed without CBM regulations in place.

Other Coalbed Methane Links

Has a lot of links to Coalbed Methane information

The New Gold Rush – Coalbed Methane in Montana

Although there are many potential problems with methane development, most revolve around water: both quantity and quality. The average well pumps more than 17,000 gallons of water per day to release the methane. That multiplies out to 6.2 million gallons of water per year for one well. Multiply that number by the 14,000 to 39,000 wells projected for Montana and the volume of water is incomprehensible.

Las Animas County Colorado – Residents Have No Water!

When the Coalbed Methane wells extract all the ground water the Residents of Las Animas County west of I-25 will have no place to get water since Las Animas County, the County itself, has no source of water for the residents and they can’t count on a source of water from the City of Trinidad.

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