Although Wyoming is taking the biggest financial hit from a recent Congressional raid on the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) trust fund, more than 20 other states are likely to lose money, according to research by Wyoming’s Congressional delegation. Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis hope that this overlooked information about the far reaching effects on 20 other state’s budgets will help them in their efforts to restore Wyoming’s AML funding.
June 8, 2012 — Experts from across the globe will gather at the University of Wyoming later this month to share their expertise and knowledge of biogenic natural gas at the Secondary Biogenic Natural Gas International Conference.
The conference is sponsored by the UW School of Energy Resources’ Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research .
Coal-bed methane, a type of natural gas, can be produced two ways: thermogenically (with pressure and heat) and biogenically (using microbes). Some coal seams in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming contain primarily biogenic gas.
Interest in biogenic natural gas has grown recently with the recognition that the operational life of depleted hydrocarbon reserves may be extended using technologies that promote the activity of indigenous microbial communities. These same technologies could be applied to coal seams throughout the Powder River Basin, aided by the infrastructure already in place to extract and transport coal-bed methane.
Last week the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources issued a request for proposal (RFP) for “clean coal” with a very quick turn-around. Proposals must be submitted by July 13.
The RFP calls for research in the following categories:
— Research and development of new technologies that reduce emissions from coal — Pilot-scale demonstration of emerging technologies — Engineering scale-up of demonstrated technologies — Integration and operation of carbon capture technologies
Here’s a link to the RFP.
These critics also believe that the practice of testing water before oil and gas development takes place makes sense because it would protect residents and oil and gas companies alike. It would also arm citizens, regulators, and oil and gas companies with the information necessary to determine if water contamination existed prior to any drilling. Richard Garrett, the legislative and energy advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, has stated that “Groundwater is a fantastic resource — a gift that belongs to everyone in the state of Wyoming, and it is one that this generation inherited from our mothers, fathers and all of those that came before us. It is our duty and obligation as stewards to pay that gift forward to our children and every generation ahead.” It is a message he would like to see Mr. Doll take to heart.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead is traveling to China this week to attend the 2012 International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference, and to promote Wyoming businesses in China. Previously, the Advanced Coal Technologies conference took place in Wyoming and Australia. The series of conferences furthers coal technology research.