Coalbed Methane

Coalbed Methane (CBM) ImageCoalbed methane, or CBM, is a natural gas produced from coal seams or adjacent sandstones. In 1994, US coalbed methane reserves were 9.38 tcf, which was less than 6% of the domestic natural gas reserves. Production in 1994 was 777 bcf, or 4% of the natural gas production of the lower 48 states. Commercial production occurs in approximately 10 US basins. The major producing areas are the San Juan, Black Warrior, and Central Appalachian basins. CBM plays are now international with tests or pilot projects in about 15 countries. Coalbed methane is produced in Queensland, Australia, and the UK, and pilot projects are underway in China and India. Independent operators are the most active CBM exploration companies in the US. Internationally, both majors and independents are actively seeking to expand the industry.

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DOI's BLM takes steps to encourage Powder River basin CBM drillingDOI's BLM takes steps to encourage Powder River basin CBM drilling

May 26, 2003 Producers moved one step closer toward expanding coalbed methane drilling in the Powder River basin under a recent decision by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.

US onshore industry bustles with high prices, decline legacy

May 12, 2003 Relatively high gas and oil prices are exerting more punch into US onshore exploration and development.

EISs chart bigger future for Powder River CBM

May 12, 2003 The US Bureau of Land Management issued final environmental impact statements on Apr. 30 that govern coalbed methane drilling on federal lands in the Powder River basin in eastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana.

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Apr 21, 2003 Despite oil supply disruptions in some key countries, other oil exporters have increased output to assure consumers will be adequately supplied.

Coal gas down under

Feb 24, 2003 Australians seem to have accepted coalbed methane as a reliable energy source that can compete technically and economically with conventional natural gas.

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Feb 3, 2003 Frigid temperatures across much of the US triggered some surprisingly high spot natural gas prices for late February delivery, and traders also reported concern about anticipated dwindling gas inventory numbers heading into spring.

Drilling outlook is for deline un US, steady gain in Canada

Jan 27, 2003

Canada's huge gas potential challenged by cost, price, pipeline transport issues

Jan 20, 2003 Canada remains a long-term storehouse to help meet North American natural gas demand. There remain enormous untapped resources of conventional and nonconventional gas in Canada.

US agencies endorse expanded CBM developments

Jan 20, 2003 Three government agencies are endorsing a dramatic expansion of coal- bed methane production on public lands in Montana and Wyoming under new regional environmental impact statements (EIS).

Area Drilling

Jan 6, 2003 Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, plans to drill one exploratory well on each of four blocks as part of a companywide record $660 million capital spending program in 2003.

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Nov 4, 2002 Imports of Canadian natural gas into US markets are expected to fall 3% this year from 2001 levels and drop another 4% in 2003, said Robert Morris with Salomon Smith Barney Inc., New York.

Interior Land Appeals Board again voids CBM leases

Nov 4, 2002 The Department of the Interior's Land Appeals Board has upheld an earlier ruling to void three Powder River basin leases owned by Marathon Oil Corp.

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Oct 28, 2002 Back-to-back storms in the central Gulf of Mexico "have improved the lot of US oil refiners considerably" through a "massive transfer of tightness from crude oil into oil products," said Paul Horsnell, head of energy research for JP Morgan Chase & Co., London.

Area Drilling

Oct 28, 2002 PT Medco Energi International Tbk, Jakarta, agreed to acquire as much as an 80% working interest in and operatorship of the 11,600 sq km Rombebai block in Irian Jaya from Ramu International LLC, Denver.

US reserve additions hum

Oct 7, 2002 Operators' stellar performance in more than replacing US production in 2001 revealed some interesting differences with respect to gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons.
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