purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report:

Heinz H. Damberger, Illinois State Geological Survey (retired), Boulder, Colorado

Mark Davies, Rio Tinto Energy America, Gillette, Wyoming

Thomas V. Falkie, Berwind Natural Resources Corporation (retired), Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Barbara A. Filas, Knight Piesold and Company, Denver, Colorado

Paul E. Gray, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

R. Larry Grayson, School of Mining and Metallurgy, University of Missouri, Rolla

Howard J. Herzog, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

John N. Murphy, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dianne R. Nielson, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Salt Lake City

Lee Saperstein, School of Mines and Metallurgy, University of MissouriRolla (retired), Nantucket, Massachusetts

Stanley C. Suboleski, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (retired), Midlothian, Virginia

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by William G. Agnew, General Motors Corporation (retired), Corrales, New Mexico, and William L. Fisher, Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas, Austin. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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