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State CBM Study: Sometimes, Water is More Precious than Gas

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Monday, February 18, 2008   

Sheridan, WY – Coal bed methane production in Wyoming sometimes doesn't produce any gas, but does produce plenty of controversy because of the large volumes of water that come from the projects. A new scientific review from the Wyoming State Geological Survey shows some of that controversy could be avoided because the water/gas ratios can be predicted.

The agency also recommends production be banned in some areas, because there is so little gas. Jill Morrison, with the Powder River Basin Resource Council, agrees. She's hopeful the science can help manage development to avoid legal wrangling and politically-charged skirmishes.

"We're wasting a resource, the water, that is as valuable as the gas. We have already pumped out four billion barrels of water. Finally, we look critically at the volumes of water being pumped, dumped, and wasted, with no gas production."

The report suggests a moratorium on coal bed methane wells in the Clear Creek and Crazy Woman Creek drainages, in order to save more than three billion barrels of water. Industry officials have welcomed the report as the first scientific review of the topic; it's available online, at www.wsgs.uwyo.edu.



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