The Coal Industry is getting into the methane business!
Coal Bed Methane vs UCG, Underground Coal Gassification
With the Nuclear industry conducting an orchestrated campaign to kill Wind and Renewable Energy Standards in many states, and trying to be declared a “carbon free energy” in the new Carbon Rules, and then probably throwing their renewable energy credits and carbon credits as a lifeline to coal and natural gas – this coal bed methane and “gassification” is what we will get here in IL.
Fracking Coal Beds For Methane will be an issue here in Illinois very soon. There is plenty of coal in IL, all the way up to Des Plaines. They apparently drill into the seam and then use steam to get the methane to release from the coal bed and then separate out the methane from the produced water.
There we go again with bringing up toxic produced water – how nasty is this stuff? Does it get into the water table? Will it cause sinkholes and earthquakes?
Underground Coal Gassification, (UCG) – Gas is produced and extracted through wells drilled into the unmined coal–seams. Injection wells are used to supply the oxidants (air, oxygen, or steam) to ignite and fuel the underground combustion process. Separate production wells are used to bring the product gas to surface. The high pressure combustion is conducted at temperature of 700–900 °C (1,290–1,650 °F), but it may reach up to 1,500 °C (2,730 °F).
Listen to this, then please look at the IL map: http://www.npr.org/2014/06/24/325190158/in-wyoming-going-deep-to-draw-energy-from-coal
They will literally start the coal seams on fire, the same type of coal seam fires that are polluting our atmosphere.
Can they control it? Can they capture the CO2? Does it pollute the water? Sinkholes and Earthquakes?
Coal seam fires (and some natural gas fires) are the forgotten environmental tragedy.
There was a recent call from the ISGS for old maps of all the coal seems — this is a clue that they are going to be rolling this out in IL!