CBM ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES-Conclusion: Base line studies assess regional aquifers

Prudent base line measurement and monitoring practices of regional aquifers are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement and can provide data that alleviate controversy and uncertainty about whom to blame for a variety of complaints perceived to result from coalbed methane operations. Base line methods focus on understanding production practices from a perspective of potential impacts on the physical and geochemical properties of regional aquifers. Base line measurements are best used for assessing risk and targeting areas where health, safety, and quality of life issues are important.Also, these measurements provide substantial secondary benefits. The right information can help opera...

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