U.S. TAX CREDITS SPURRING COAL SEAM, TIGHT SANDS BOOM AMID CONTROVERSY

A.D. Koen Gulf Coast News Editor Federal tax credits have sparked a boom in U.S. drilling for gas contained in coal seams and tight sands. Some analysts say drilling for unconventional nonassociated gas accounted for as much as one third of all U.S. gas wells drilled in 1990. Production of unconventional gas is leaping, and this source is providing the biggest share of net gas reserves growth in the U.S. With the recent expansion of federal tax credits beyond coal seam gas to include tight

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