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2009 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference

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September 30 – October 1, 2009
Boulder, Colorado USA

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Wednesday, September 30

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Pamela Franklin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
8:45 AM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: EPA's Activities in the Climate Change World (15 pp., 229 KB)
Dina Kruger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Policy and Legal Updates

9:30 AM
U.S. Laws and Policies Regarding Capturing Methane Gas (20 pp., 1 MB), White Paper (26 pp., 370 KB)
Robert Bassett, Holland & Hart LLP
  • Current laws and policies being put into practice by agencies involved with capturing coal mine methane
  • Significant issues that agencies and industry are working to resolve
10:15 AM
Networking and Refreshment Break — Exhibit Area
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Climate Action Reserve CMM Offsets Methodology (22 pp., 155 KB)
Rachel Tornek, Climate Action Reserve
12:15 PM

Innovative Project Developments

1:45 PM
VAMOX™ - A Proven Technology for VAM Abatement (28 pp., 1.2 MB)
Nicolas Duplessis, Biothermica
2:20 PM
Energy Generation from Ventilation Air Methane (32 pp., 1.3 MB)
  • Installation of technology at the West Cliff Colliery of BHP Billiton
  • In-house electricity use, and feeding of electricity into the grid
2:55 PM
3:30 PM
Question–and–Answer Session
3:45 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break — Exhibit Area
4:15 PM
Corinth Abandoned Mine Methane Project Update: Implications for New Projects (49 pp., 2 MB)
Ron Collings, Ruby Canyon Engineering
4:55 PM
5:30 PM
Conclusion of Day One and Networking Reception

CMOP Wishes to thank our Sponsors for their generous support of the 2009 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference:
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Thursday, October 1

7:45 AM
Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM
Review of Day One and Preview of Day Two
Jayne Somers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Focus on Coal Mine Methane Capture Technology

8:20 AM
Day Two Welcoming Keynote Address (34 pp., 3 MB)
The Honorable Wang Maoshe, Mayor of Jincheng, Shanxi Province, People’s Republic of China
8:40 AM
CMM Evaluation and Production Models for Control and Utilization (42 pp., 2.6 MB)
Heather N. Dougherty and C. Özgen Karacan, NIOSH Pittsburgh Laboratory
9:15 AM
Drainage and Drilling Practices in the United States (30 pp., 3.4 MB)
Jeff Schwoebel, REI Drilling, Inc.
9:50 AM
Impact of Drainage on Ventilation Air Methane: Case Study at Cumberland Mine (47 pp., 2 MB)
Gary M. DuBois, Target Drilling, Inc.
10:25 AM
Question-and-Answer Session
10:40 AM
Networking and Refreshment Break – Exhibit Area
11:10 AM
Guidance for Effective Methane Capture and Use to Improve Mine Technology (27 pp., 3.4 MB)
Hilmar von Schoenfeldt, HVS Consultants - Summary of recommendations by international experts panel

International Project Updates

11:45 AM
Coal Mine Methane Project in Songzao coal mines, China (31 pp., 4 MB)
Raymond Pilcher, Raven Ridge Resources
12:25 PM
1:45 PM
New Developments in China at the Hebi and Liuzhuang Mines (42 pp., 1.3 MB)
Jon Kelafant, Advanced Resources International
2:25 PM
Coal Mine Methane Activities in Ukraine (18 pp., 841 KB)
Meredydd Evans, Battelle PNNL
3:00 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:30 PM
Optimizing Methane Recovery: Case Study of the Bulga Mine, Australia (39 pp., 2.2 MB)
Steve Hennings, Coal Gas Engineering
4:10 PM
Coal Mine Methane for Power Generation: Case Study in China (16 pp., 745 KB)
Clark Talkington, SCC Americas
4:50 PM
Closing remarks
US Environmental Protection Agency
5:00 PM
Conference adjourns

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