Coalbed methane has become a significant component of the U.S. gas supply mix says American Gas Association. Since 1983, production and well completions in coal seam areas have increased rapidly, AGA noted. "By yearend 1990, more than 1,000 wells will be producing methane from coal seams, annual production will likely exceed 100 bcf, and proven reserves will total 2 tcf or more. "in addition, recent data suggests that growth in well completions and annual production will continue at accelerated rates as long as favorable economic and market conditions prevail." Exploration and production of coalbed metha...

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