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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Management and Effects of Coalbed Methane Produced Water in the Western United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12915.
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APPENDIX C
Presentations to the Committee

Meeting One—Washington, D.C.

Ray Brady, Bureau of Land Management, Overview of the requirements of Section 1811 of the Energy Policy Act and the statement of work with some highlights of the key points for the study

James Burd, Bureau of Land Management, Background on CBM development and an overview of existing studies

Carey Johnston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Update on EPA’s Clean Water Act review of the coalbed methane industrial sector

Meeting Two—Denver, Colorado

Ralf Topper, Colorado Geological Survey, CBM produced water—A waste or resource?

Kevin Rein, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Overview: Water rights and administration of produced water in Colorado

Dave Stewart, Stewart Environmental Consultants, Inc., Practical considerations for beneficial use of produced water

Curtis Brown, Bureau of Reclamation, Produced waters: Intersection with Bureau of Reclamation programs

John Boysen, BC Technologies, Emerging technologies for CBM produced water treatment and disposal

Don Fischer, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Summary of coalbed natural gas management facilities

John Wheaton, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Lessons learned from a religional, groundwater monitoring program, Powder River Basin, Montana

Helen Dawson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Analysis of CBM produced water discharge on surface water quality in the Powder River Basin through water year 2005

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Management and Effects of Coalbed Methane Produced Water in the Western United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12915.
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Meeting Three—Santa Fe, NM

Mark Fesmire, New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission, History and overview of coal bed methane production and CBM produced water in New Mexico

David Mankiewicz, Bureau of Land Management, Farmington, Coalbed methane produced water in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico

Carol Frost, University of Wyoming, Assessing the impact of CBM produced water on shallow aquifers and surface water: An environmental isotope approach

James Keener, Red Willow Production Company, Red Willow Production Company’s management of produced water from CBM, “On Reservation”

David Brown, BP America, Oil and gas exploration and production perspective: Management of produced water in the San Juan Basin of Colorado

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Management and Effects of Coalbed Methane Produced Water in the Western United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12915.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Management and Effects of Coalbed Methane Produced Water in the Western United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12915.
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In some coalbeds, naturally occurring water pressure holds methane--the main component of natural gas--fixed to coal surfaces and within the coal. In a coalbed methane (CBM) well, pumping water from the coalbeds lowers this pressure, facilitating the release of methane from the coal for extraction and use as an energy source. Water pumped from coalbeds during this process--CBM 'produced water'--is managed through some combination of treatment, disposal, storage, or use, subject to compliance with federal and state regulations.

CBM produced water management can be challenging for regulatory agencies, CBM well operators, water treatment companies, policy makers, landowners, and the public because of differences in the quality and quantity of produced water; available infrastructure; costs to treat, store, and transport produced water; and states' legal consideration of water and produced water. Some states consider produced water as waste, whereas others consider it a beneficial byproduct of methane production. Thus, although current technologies allow CBM produced water to be treated to any desired water quality, the majority of CBM produced water is presently being disposed of at least cost rather than put to beneficial use.

This book specifically examines the Powder River, San Juan, Raton, Piceance, and Uinta CBM basins in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The conclusions and recommendations identify gaps in data and information, potential beneficial uses of CBM produced water and associated costs, and challenges in the existing regulatory framework.

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