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April 2014

Welcome to the first edition of CMOP's new Coalbed Methane Monthly newsletter.

White House Releases Strategy to Cut Methane

The White House released the Climate Action Plan -- Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions on Friday, March 28. The Strategy summarizes the sources of methane and trends in emissions; setting forth a plan to reduce both domestic and international methane emissions through incentive-based programs and the Administration's existing authorities; and, outlining the Administration's efforts to improve measurement of these emissions.

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Coal Mines: In April of 2014, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will release an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather public input on the development of a program for the capture and sale, or disposal, of waste mine methane on lands leased by the Federal government. In addition, EPA will continue to partner with industry through its voluntary program to reduce institutional, technical, regulatory, and financial barriers to beneficial methane recovery and use at coal mines.

Learn more about the Strategy at the White House blog, and check out the full Strategy (PDF, 15pp. 2MB).

New Research on Methane Emissions Abatement

The University of Newcastle, Australia, has received AUS$30 million to develop and roll-out new abatement technologies for fugitive methane emissions from underground mining operations. The four-year research project will address some of the major technical barriers to the full scale commercial deployment of ventilation air methane (VAM) emissions abatement technologies, including the critical challenge of safe connection to the ventilation systems of underground mines. Australia


Upcoming Events

Colorado Mining Association Western Mining Conference
14-17 April 2014
Denver, CO
Website: www.coloradomining.org/nu_conferences.php Exit EPA

North American Coalbed Methane Forum
21 May 2014
Morgantown, WV
Website: www.nacbmforum.com Exit EPA

Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Internet Meeting
3 June 2014
Virtual Meeting
Website: www.globalmethane.org/news-events/event_detailsByEventId.aspx?eventId=440 Exit EPA

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