Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol Development
Version 1.1 of the Coal Mine Methane (CMM) Project Protocol was released on October 26, 2012. The protocol was revised to make technical changes and incorporate feedback received since the protocol’s adoption in 2009. This includes updates to quantification, project monitoring and instrument QA/QC requirements. See the summary of changes document below for a complete list of revisions made to the protocol.
The revision was originally expected to be a policy revision (to Version 2.0) to expand the scope of the regulatory compliance requirements. However, based on the Environmental and Social Safeguards Policy adopted by the Reserve’s Board on September 26, 2012, the Reserve did not expand the scope of regulatory compliance under the Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol. Instead, the Reserve issued Version 1.1 of the protocol to incorporate the other proposed changes contained in the protocol that was available for public comment.
|Biothermica Technologies Inc.||Stanford Environmental Law Clinic|
|CONSOL Energy Inc.||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency|
|Green Holdings Corporation||Verdeo Sindicatum|
Public Comment Webinar
The Reserve hosted a webinar open to all interested stakeholders to discuss the proposed changes to the protocol on March 13, 2012. The Reserve used feedback from the webinar along with written comments received during the public comment period to inform decisions about the proposed changes. See the presentation slides and video below.
Draft Version 2.0 – Pipeline Project Eligibility
Between May 2009 and August 2011, Reserve staff worked with the multi-stakeholder workgroup to develop a performance standard that would define eligibility for CMM drainage projects that send gas to pipeline (“pipeline projects”). This project type was excluded from Version 1.0 because data analyzed at that time did not support establishing a performance standard for such projects. Additional data analyses did not provide a clear path forward for inclusion of pipeline projects, and work on this element of the protocol was suspended until more data become available. Thus, no CMM Project Protocol Version 2.0 was issued. See memo and additional resources below for more detail.
- Summary of CMM Gas Quality Analysis (October 20, 2009)
- Well Level Analysis Summary Memo (October 14, 2010)
- Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol Version 1.0 (October 7, 2009)
- Errata and Clarifications to Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol Version 1.0 (October 22, 2013)
The Reserve began developing the Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol in February 2009. The technical workgroup met from May through September, during which time drafts of the protocol were made available for workgroup and public review and comment. A public workshop was held in August 2009 to discuss the draft protocol and encourage further public feedback. Staff made final revisions to the protocol in September 2009 and it was approved by the Reserve Board on October 7, 2009.
|Alpha Natural Resources||Harworth Energy|
|BCS Incorporated||Marshall Miller & Associates|
|Biothermica Technologies Inc.||Solvay Chemicals, Inc.|
|FMC Wyoming Corporation||Verdeo Group, Inc.|
|GE Power & Water|
Staff Response to Public Comments, Version 1.0 (September 2009)
The Reserve hosted a public workshop on August 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA, to provide a venue for public feedback on the draft Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol. The agenda and presentation from the workshop are available below.
The Climate Action Reserve worked closely with a multi-stakeholder workgroup throughout the protocol development process. The workgroup included industry representatives, federal agency personnel, NGOs, verifiers and expert consultants. This group of stakeholders reviewed and commented on early versions of the protocol, and helped ensure that the Reserve produced a high quality GHG reduction protocol for coal mine methane reduction activities.
|Alpha Natural Resources||Greenhouse Gas Services, LLC|
|Biothermica Technologies Inc.||Harworth Energy Ltd|
|Blue Source Canada||Megtec|
|Cliffs Natural Resources||Raven Ridge Resources, Incorporated|
|Green Holdings||Ruby Canyon Engineering Inc|
|Colorado School of Mines||SCC Americas LLC|
|CONSOL Energy Inc.||US EPA|
|DNV Climate Change Services USA||US EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program|
|First Environment Inc.||Verdeo Group, Inc.|
- Development of a Common Practice Standard for a Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol (May 21, 2009)
- Scoping Meeting Agenda
- Scoping Meeting Presentation
Please contact the Policy Team with questions or comments.