Discussions Further Development of Coal Gas

Two coal geologists met with representatives from a Michigan energy company from Michigan to assist them in locating possible coal bed methane prospects near some of their coal mine methane holdings. The Michigan company, the only producer of coal mine methane in Illinois, has about twenty wells in production, primarily in Franklin County. The geologists provided numerous maps, stratigraphic data and reports to aid in their evaluation and development. A series of custom maps also were created to assist the company in their search for new areas to drill.

A coal geologist met with a second energy company in Edwardsville to review their coalbed methane exploration and development program and to compare their coal data with that collected by the ISGS. The company has 87 producing wells in Saline County and a 10-well pilot project in Shelby County. They have the largest lease holding for coal gas in Illinois and have been the only producer of coal bed seam gas in Illinois for the last two years. They have been providing technical data such as permeability values, which greatly augment our studies.