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2010 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference
Sponsored by US EPA's Coalbed Methane Outreach Program

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October 5 – 7, 2010
Birmingham, Alabama USA

Tuesday, October 5

7:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Pamela Franklin, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
Federal Activities Affecting Coal Mine Methane Projects
Moderator: Pamela Franklin, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
8:45 a.m.
Keynote Address: Update on Federal Climate Change Policy and Activities (PDF) (20 pp, 485K)
Dina Kruger, Director, Climate Change Division, U.S. EPA
9:30 a.m.
Mine safety developments and impacts on CMM projects (PDF) (21 pp, 384K)
Erik Sherer, U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration

  • MSHA's perspective of key issues affecting CMM projects
10:15 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m.
EPA Activities to Promote Coal Mine Methane Recovery (PDF) (31 pp, 1.3MB)
Pamela Franklin, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program

  • Overview of CMM emission sources and CMOP's resources and activities in the U.S. and internationally
11:30 a.m.
Legal Issues Affecting Ownership, Control, and Development of CMM Emission Reduction Projects (PDF) (26 pp, 1.5MB)
Collon Kennedy, Peabody Natural Gas

  • Update on federal land management policies and court decisions; financial and tax incentives to promote CMM emission reduction projects, including state level programs
12:15 p.m.
Ventilation Air Methane Mitigation – Innovative Projects
Moderator: Jayne Somers, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
1:45 p.m.
VAM Market Milestones in 2010 (PDF) (30 pp, 2.6MB)
Ken Zak, MEGTEC Systems

  • Two new VAM oxidation projects launched in China, and an update on VAM power-generating project in Australia
2:30 p.m.
Coal Mine Methane Projects as a Pathway to Near Zero Methane Emission Mining (PDF) (25 pp, 1.6MB)
Clark Talkington, Syndicatum Carbon Capital Americas LLC

  • Two power generation and flaring projects at Chinese coal mines and plan for a VAM project in China
3:15 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:45 p.m.
VAM Oxidation Technology and Experience (PDF) (17 pp, 1.4MB)
Nicolas Duplessis, Biothermica

  • Experiences from the VAM mitigation project operating since 2009 at JWR mine in Alabama
4:30 p.m.
Implementation of regenerative thermal oxidizer technology at a U.S. Coal Mine
Santosh Lakhan, Verdeo Group

  • Commercial-scale VAM mitigation project planned in West Virginia
5:15 p.m.
Day One Concluding Remarks
Jayne Somers, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Check-In
8:30 a.m.
Felicia Ruiz, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
Financing CMM Projects Using Carbon Offsets
Moderator: Felicia Ruiz, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
8:45 a.m.
From Voluntary to Mandatory: What to Expect from the Evolution of Carbon Offset Markets in the United States (PDF) (24 pp, 892K)
Justin Felt, Point Carbon North America

  • Description of the overall U.S. carbon offset market including coal mine methane project activity
9:30 a.m.
Carbon Offsets from Coal Mine Methane Destruction Projects (PDF) (28 pp, 1.9MB)
Joel Levin, Climate Action Reserve

  • Description of the Coal Mine Methane (version 1.0) protocol methodology and plans for including other CMM project types
10:15 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
Mine Methane Project Case Studies
Moderator: Felicia Ruiz, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
10:45 a.m.
CMM Recovery and Utilization Strategies (PDF) (42 pp, 6.4MB)
Joseph D'Amico, Alpha Natural Resources

  • Discussion of CMM recovery and pipeline utilization Project in Western Pennsylvania at two underground mines using surface directional drilling techniques and gas processing
11:30 a.m.
CMM Drainage and Utilization Feasibility Study (PDF) (35 pp, 2.1MB)
Michael Coté, Ruby Canyon Engineering

  • Assessment of fourteen coal mines in Inner Mongolia, China, and feasibility of achieving high quality CMM drainage for recovery and utilization at a remote site
12:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
The Successful Startup Of A Trona Mine Gob Vent Gas Incineration Project
Bryan Mortimer, Ron Hughes, and Larry Refsdal

  • Project challenges, milestones, and facility design
2:15 p.m.
Regulatory obstacles facing methane capture and incineration in metal / nonmetal mines in the United States (PDF) (36 pp, 793K)
Trey Overdyke, Holland & Hart

  • Uses a case study to provide analysis of issues affecting methane captures and destruction or use projects, recommendations, and examples of successful resolution of key challenges
3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
Training Session: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (40 CFR Part 98)
3:30 p.m.
Overview of requirements that may be applicable to underground coal mines (PDF) (67 pp, 1.3MB)
Sean Hogan, Program Integration Branch, U.S. EPA Office of Atmospheric Programs, and Michael Godec, ARI

  • General rule requirements (Subpart A)
  • Stationary fuel combustion sources requirements (Subpart C)
  • Underground coal mine-specific requirements (Subpart FF)
  • General question-and-answer session
5:30 p.m.
Conclusion of Day Two

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