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2012 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference

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September 24, 2012
Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada USA

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast – Exhibits Open
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Felicia Ruiz, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
Policy Incentives and Regulatory Barriers
Moderator: Michael Coté, Ruby Canyon Engineering
Panel features updates on current policy incentives and regulatory barriers to the implementation of coal mine methane (CMM) projects in the United States - both in the West on federal land and on private land in the East.
9:15 a.m.
Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization (PDF) (37 pp, 2MB)
Jayne Somers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Bureau of Land Management's Waste Mine Methane Reduction Review
Mitchell Leverette, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m.
Analysis of Opportunities/Challenges for U.S. CMM Projects (PDF) (19 pp, 718K)
Collon Kennedy, Ruby Canyon Engineering
11:45 a.m.
Update on U.S. Projects: New Developments and Lessons Learned (PDF) (5 pp, 364K)
Facilitator: Clark Talkington, Advanced Resources International
Panel features an update on new and recent U.S. CMM projects, bringing together project owners, developers, technology providers, investors and carbon offset registries, to give their perspectives on how they all came together to make these projects successful.
1:00 p.m.
Update on U.S. Projects: New Developments and Lessons Learned

Featuring the following projects:

  1. VAMOX® projects at Walter Energy's mines in Alabama (PDF) (32 pp, 3.5MB)
  2. Verdeo's VAM Regenerative Thermal Oxidation System on CONSOL Energy's McElroy Mine (PDF) (26 pp, 4.6MB)
  3. Solvay Chemicals Trona Gob Vent Gas Project in Green River, WY (PDF) (38 pp, 7.5MB)


  • Raphaël Bruneau, Biothermica (1)
  • Deborah A. Kosmack, CONSOL Energy (2)
  • Jim Stone, Dürr Systems (2)
  • Larry Refsdal, Solvay Chemicals (3)
  • Daniel Dean, Solvay Chemicals (3)
  • Joel Levin, Climate Action Reserve (1,2,3)
  • Jeff Liebert, Verdeo (2,3)
3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
International Innovations
Moderator: Jim Marshall, Raven Ridge Resources
Through the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), the EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program has been actively engaged for many years in helping to promote the recovery and utilization of coal mine methane in many key coal-producing countries. This panel features both emerging and proven technologies used internationally to recover and utilize coal mine methane gas.
4:00 p.m.
New Method to Utilize Gas from Abandoned Mines in Germany (PDF) (25 pp, 3.1MB)
Tim Hegemann, DMT GmbH & Co. KG
Market for CMM and VAM in Russian Coal Mines (PDF) (27 pp, 738K)
Oleg Tailakov, Uglemetan
Coal Mine Gas Drainage in China (PDF) (22 pp, 5.5MB)
Zhou Zongbo (Joe Zhou), China Australia Mining Development Alliance
5:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
Jayne Somers, U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

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