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Procedures for evaluating hazards to coal mining operations from hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Wasson JA; Whieldon CE Jr.
NTIS: PB 221 837 :1-42
Because of the danger to life and property in a coal mine if an oil or natural gas well should be accidentally intersected during mining operations, certain precautionary measures should be carried out prior to entering previously unmined areas. The locations of all wells both at the surface and at the depth of the coalbed should be accurately determined. The condition of the well should be learned from surface observations, and more importantly, from subsurface examination by geophysical logging devices where possible. It is also desirable to learn the physical properties of the hydrocarbon- bearing rock formation and the hydrocarbon fluids. The major hazard presented by oil or natural gas wells to mining operations is that of explosion and fire owing to the rapid release of gas into the mine atmosphere. Wellbore pressure, the principal index of danger, should be determined by one or more of the methods described and by a service company such as those listed in the appendix. Because of high pressures involved and the consequent hazard, much emphasis has been placed on underground storage of natural gas in areas containing minable coalbeds. Maps of the principal coal producing areas and the locations of currently active gas storage reservoirs are shown. A checklist has been included of factors to be considered when mining coal in an area where oil or gas wells exist.
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NTIS: PB 221 837
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division