Louisiana pursues coalbed methane drilling

A well could be drilled soon into what might be a large coalbed methane resource in north-central Louisiana.Basin Research Institute at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, is seeking an interested party to fund the drilling of an exploratory well to about 4,000 ft to test the viability of the resource. BRI would participate as an overriding royalty owner and, if asked, a paid consultant to the operator. Click here to enlarge imageA research project that started in 1994 led to a determination that gas being produced from sandstone reservoirs in central Caldwell Parish was of biogenic origin, or generated by the action of methanogenic bacteria on coal beds.Area stratigraphy revealed t...

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