Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5227
By B.J. Stolp, A.L. Burr, and K.K. Johnson
The release of methane gas from coal beds creates the potential for it to move into near-surface environments through natural and human-made pathways. To help ensure the safety of communities and determine the potential effects of development of coal-bed resources, methane gas concentrations in soils and ground water in Carbon and Emery Counties, Utah, were monitored from 1995 to 2003. A total of 420 samples were collected, which contained an average methane concentration of 2,740 parts per million by volume (ppmv) and a median concentration of less than 10 ppmv. On the basis of spatial and temporal methane concentration data collected during the monitoring period, there does not appear to be an obvious, widespread, or consistent migration of methane gas to the near-surface environment.
This report is contained in the following file:
Purpose and Scope
Well-Field History and Development
Methane Gas Concentrations
Analysis Procedures for the OVA 128 Century Organic Vapor Analyzer
Analysis Procedures for the HNU 311 Portable Gas Chromatograph
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