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Mining Publication: Geological Factors Affecting Methane in the Beckley Coalbed

Original creation date: January 1976

Image of publication Geological Factors Affecting Methane in the Beckley Coalbed

This Bureau of Mines study reviews the geological factors that affect methane in the Beckley coalbed in southern West Virginia, including overburden, coalbed structure, type of and changes in lithology above and below the Beckley coalbed, and presence of fractures in the coal and rock adjacent to the Beckley. Depending on the depth, the Beckley coalbed emits from 216 to 520 ft3 of methane per ton of coal mined, and the Bureau estimates that methane emission in a deep, extensively developed mine in this area may exceed 3,000 ft3 per day per ton of coal mined.

Authors: JT Popp, CM McCulloch

Report of InvestigationsJanuary - 1976

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NIOSHTIC2 Number: 10000630

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8137, 1976 Jan; :1-35

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