Methane Plume over Southwest US = Coal Bed Methane but started before fracking

handi info….Coal Bed Methane represents only 2.4% of global gas production, yet accounts for an estimated 67% of the global ‘produced water’ that gets disturbed, brought up, and needs to be disposed of properly.

RSOE reported…”Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country’s largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.”

So that area has coal fired power plants…and they also frack for coal seam gas….read on please.…Associated Press reports (I bolfaced for emphasis)…

“FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – “… the Four Corners Generating Station closed three of its coal-burning units in 2013 …. San Juan Generating Station is scheduled to shutter two of its coal-burning units in 2017 to meet federal emission standards….The company plans to build the (natural gas & photovoltaic) power plant in Waterflow. It’s scheduled to begin operation in mid-2019.”

BUT IS 2017  TOO LATE?…you frackn’ betcha!

If fracking for coal seam gas (which is how fracking got started-they first fracked for coal seam gas before they applied that process to shale rock) is being used….this chart should really piss you off if you don’t particularly like co-produced water that comes with that type (coal seam gas) of fossil fuel extraction.

I blogged about how globally that type of gas yields a mother-load of produced water in relation to the actual gas you get…which makes me think Shell & Chevron are indirectly getting into the selling of nasty (instead of injecting it) water business?

Coal Bed Methane represents only 2.4% of global gas production, yet accounts for an estimated 67% of the global ‘produced water’ that gets disturbed, brought up, and needs to be disposed of properly (to later cause frackquakes).

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Here are some pictures that caught my eye when I was looking at what could be near the Durango/Farmington area….

Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.47.30 AM Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.46.30 AM Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.46.13 AM Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.46.00 AM Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.45.36 AMHere is the plume over the southwest story I boldfaced for emphasis… ……

Apr 9, 4:24 AM EDT



Methane occurs naturally and also is emitted by landfills and the agricultural and oil and natural gas industries.

One possible source of the hot spot is methane released from the region’s coal deposits.

The releases can happen naturally, especially where coal seams reach the earth’s surface. They also occur deliberately when energy companies extract methane – the primary component of natural gas – from coal beds.

The region is home to the San Juan Basin, North America’s most productive area coal bed methane extraction area.

Methane also is released by coal mining and oil and gas drilling systems, and cattle produce large amounts of the gas.”

Here are my q’s…

1) Are they fracking for CSG or just unearthing coal to ship to China?

2) Does fracking for CSG (Coal Seam Gas) in the southwest of US area have a geology that confirms that chart where globally CSG produced water accounts for 67% of all the produced water production?

3) If they have been fracking for CSG for over the decades, then is my concern for too much produced water production/frackquakes unfounded?

Here are a couple of troubling comments from a related article on this 4 corners methane plume..

      • It’s still there (13+ / 0-)

        Not quite as bad, but at the right angle and elevation on a sunny late afternoon, you can see the thick band of brown/orange in the air. It’s even more noticeable if you happen to be landing at an airport in the Northeast near sunset. You pass right through it. It’s quite disconcerting, if you know what it is you’re looking at.

        •  Layers of Crap in the Northeast (4+ / 0-)

          I remember descending into that “band” in a small aircraft (I was steering) from the West into New Jersey.  We were seriously checking if anything was going wrong with the airplane, because the smell was so bad.  WHAT’S BURNING ??
          Fortunately, nothing, it was environmental.  Ugh.

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