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

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.

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