HSE in Oil & Gas Operations Coalbed methane production faces numerous concerns

07/23/2001
CBM ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES-1Operators contemplating developing coalbed methane gas (CBM) face numerous regulatory, residential, and legal concerns.At stake are millions of dollars to assess, dispute, and settle claims regarding the impact of production practices.This expenditure does not include the hidden costs for managing in crisis and redirecting a sparse labor pool to handle environmental issues. Click here to enlarge imageThis first article of a two-part series summarizes allegations stemming from these concerns in the San Juan, Black Warrior, and Powder River basins (Fig. 1). The concluding part will discuss how operators can foresee and address in a more cost-effective way these co...
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