Reports and Data


Selected Publications on Coalbed Methane and Related Topics

 

Bruner, K. R., Oldham, A. V., Repine, T. E., Markowski, A. K., and Harper, J. A., 1998, Geological aspects of coalbed methane in the northern Appalachian coal basin, southwestern Pennsylvania and north-central West Virginia: Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Open-File Report 98–13, 72 p. (reprinted from Topical Report GRI–95/0221, 1995, Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Ill.).

Greb, S. F., Slucher, E. R., Venteris, E. R., Brezinski, D. K., Markowski, Toni, Blake, B. M., Jr., and Fedorko, Nick, III, 2005, Assessing the carbon sequestration potential of "unmineable" coal beds in the Appalachian basin [abs.]: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 83.

Lyons, P. C., Bustin, R. M., and Markowski, A. K., 2003, Coalbed methane potential (CBM-P) in Main Bituminous Field (sw. PA) and the Anthracite Field (e. PA), and CBM-P in MD, VA, MA, RI (U.S.A.) [abs.]: Program and Abstracts for the Twentieth Annual Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrology, v. 20, p. 72–74.

Markowski, A. K., 1993, Coalbed methane: new energy from an old scourge?, Pennsylvania Geology, v. 24, no. 2, p. 8–14.

________ 1995, Reconnaissance of gas contents and geologic aspects of the coalbed methane resources of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Open-File Report 95–09, 16 p. (reprinted from Intergas ’95—International Unconventional Gas Symposium, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1995, Proceedings, p. 125–140). 

________ 1998, Coalbed methane resource potential and current prospects in Pennsylvania, in Dutcher, R. R., and others, eds., International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 38, nos. 1-2 (December 1998), Elsevier Science B. V., p. 137-159.

________ compiler, 2001, Pennsylvania coal-bed methane wells: Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Open-File Report 00–01, 580 p.

________ 2001, Reconnaissance of the coal-bed methane resources in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Mineral Resource Report 95, 134 p.

________ 2002, Independent Oil & Gas Association of Pennsylvania, 2002, Pennsylvania exhibits CBM Potential: The American Oil & Gas Reporter, v. 45, no. 7, p. 172–174.

________ 2004, Coalbed methane—energy within reach, Pennsylvania Geology, v. 34, no. 1, p. 2–9.

________ 2004, Pennsylvania coalbed methane update [abs.]: Thirty-Third Annual American Association of Petroleum Geologists Eastern Section Meeting Program with Abstracts, October 3–5, 2004, Ohio Geological Society and the Ohio Geological Survey, Columbus, Ohio, p. 103.

________ 2005, Energy bills getting you down? Maybe coal and unconventional energy sources can help, Pennsylvania Geology, v. 35, no. 2, p. 2–9.

________ 2007, Coalbed methane resources in Pennsylvania—an overview, in Sixty-Seventh Annual Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course: Coraopolis, Pa., Robert Morris University, August 14–17, 2007, CD–ROM, p. 281–286.

________ compiler, 2011, Pennsylvania coalbed methane wells database: Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Open-File Report OFOG 11–01.0, Database (Microsoft Access).

Slucher, E. R., Greb, S. F., Venteris, E. R., Brezinski, D. K., Markowski, A. K., Blake, B. M., Jr., and Fedorko, Nick, III, 2006, The potential for carbon sequestration in coal beds in the northern and parts of the central Appalachian basin [abs.]: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 4, p. 14.
 


Selected Data on Coalbed Methane and Coal Quality

 

Coalbed methane and coal chemistry data based on cores from test drill holes in Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties are on the Survey’s website at Total Gas Content and Coal Chemistry (12 pages, landscape) and Gas Composition (16 pages, landscape). This compilation, completed in 1989, includes drill-hole locations, gas contents, coal depths, coal thicknesses, coal chemistry, gas composition, and heating values. It consists of field data from Armstrong, Cambria, Greene (Waynesburg quadrangle), and Somerset Counties and information acquired directly from industry in Fayette, Greene (Oak Forest quadrangle) and Westmoreland Counties. This data was part of a study for the Reconnaissance of the coal-bed methane resources in Pennsylvania (2001).

Coal quality data compiled in partnership with the U.S Geological Survey National Coal Quality Inventory (NaCQI) is on the Survey’s website at PA NaCQI Data (72 pages, landscape). This data, completed in 2004, includes type of sample, sample description, depth to top of coal bed, thickness of coal bed, estimated rank, and annual production. There are 43 samples (42 coal and 1 claystone parting).

Mercury content data from coal beds across Pennsylvania is on the Survey’s website at PA Mercury Data (108 pages, landscape). This compilation, completed in 2008, is based on U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97–134, Version 2.0. It includes and distinguishes average mercury values for composite and split coal samples.