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BMP ID: 8583
Title: Directional drilling can reduce environmental impacts in coal bed methane production
Text: Coal Bed Methane: "[C]lustered directional drilling [can reduce the impact of] conventional methods of coalbed methane production [by reducing] high density of roads, well pads, pipelines and transmission lines."
Source Publication Name: Drilling Smarter: Using Directional Drilling to Reduce Oil and Gas Impacts in the Intermountain West
Citation Section: Directional Drilling is Effective in Many Geologic Settings
Citation Page: 12
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
• Production / Operation / Maintenance
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 1512
Laramie, Wyoming  82073  United States
Phone:(307) 742-7978     Alt. Phone:
Fax:(307) 742-7989     E-mail: 
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Categories: Land Surface Disturbance
Location: Western Region
Vegetation Types:
General Comments: " ... coalbed methane development also creates the additional problem of disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater, which must be removed from the coal seam before the gas can be extracted. This water is often highly saline or alkaline (e.g., Hulin 2001), and the dumping of such toxic wastewater into streams and groundwater can have disastrous ecological effects. Dumping coalbed methane wastewater onto the surface has unacceptable ecological, economic, and social impacts that are beyond the scope of this report but that should be addressed before this resource is developed." (page 12)
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Date Entered: 2011-04-25 11:16 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-04-28 12:36 UTC