CONCLUDING REMARKS

CBM produced water management is a complex issue for public and private sectors. Water is an increasingly valuable resource in the western states and elsewhere, and the beneficial uses for CBM produced water may become a larger part of the dialogue regarding produced water management. Although the committee was asked specifically to address the issue of produced water from CBM basins in the western United States, the conclusions and recommendations of this report may have relevance to ongoing activities in other CBM basins in the nation and to produced water and water use issues, more broadly, associated with both renewable and fossil energy resource development.

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