Contact: Brandon Nuttall
Coalbed methane (CBM) is a potential energy resource that is increasing in importance in both the Western and Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields. Reconnaissance studies have indicated that cleated coals of sufficient rank and depth are known to contain methane, as indicated by desorption data, mine-ventilation data, occurrences of mine explosions and ignitions, and even exploding water wells. A project has been proposed (see the research preproposal) to study CBM in western Kentucky. Type geophysical logs, representative structural cross sections, a structure-contour map, a net-coal isopach maps, and an electronic database of stratigraphic tops and location information will be published. Additional information on the resource and project were presented at a recent coal availability meeting held in Madisonville, Ky. Coal research in Kentucky is essential to understanding the quality and quantity of the state's remaining resources. These materials will provide oil and gas operators with basic data to facilitate future exploration and development of coalbed-methane resources in the Commonwealth.
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