U.S. Coal Mine Methane Protocol Development

Version 1.1

Version 1.1 of the U.S. Coal Mine Methane (CMM) 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 U.S. Coal Mine Methane 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.

Public Comments

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.

Reserve Presentation
Meeting Video

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 U.S. CMM Protocol Version 2.0 was issued. See memo and additional resources below for more detail.


Version 1.0

The Reserve began developing the U.S. Coal Mine Methane 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.

Public Comments

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)

Public Workshop

The Reserve hosted a public workshop on August 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA, to provide a venue for public feedback on the draft U.S. Coal Mine Methane Protocol. The agenda and presentation from the workshop are available below.

U.S. Coal Mine Methane Protocol Public Workshop – Agenda
U.S. Coal Mine Methane Protocol Public Workshop – Slides

Workgroup Participants

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
DNV Climate Change Services USA US EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
First Environment Inc. Verdeo Group, Inc.


Please contact the Reserve with questions or comments.