Colorado is home to an abundance of coal. When coal emerges from the ground and creates a seam, methane escapes into our atmosphere. While conventional methods are unable to capture this leakage, the Southern Ute tribe found a genius solution. Though they don’t mine any of the coal on their land, they did team up with scientists to use a system of wells to naturally capture the methane and funnel it to existing gas pipelines. Learn more and take action with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Methane Capture Project: https://www.cooleffect.org/content/project/southern-ute-indian-tribe-methane-capture
How Does The Project Help Save The Planet?
Each year, this project reduces up to 27,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent of 1,588 average Americans emitting no greenhouse gases (not even by breathing) for a whole year. Amazing, right?
Benefits Of The Project:
- Currently, the tribe is not profiting from this project, but continues to manage it because it supports their values
- Uses natural methods (wells) to transport the gas to existing pipelines
- Provides jobs and income for members of the Southern Ute Indian tribe
- Decreases local demand for natural gas
Challenges The Project Faces:
- Reductions can vary annually due to natural conditions
- Methane is highly flammable and can cause sudden fires
- Project needs consistent funding to maintain infrastructure
- Seepage can be exacerbated by coal-bed methane drilling in other areas
Why Did Cool Effect Choose This Project?
Global emissions from coal mining are huge and so are the detrimental effects of mining coal on the environment, especially climate change due to methane emissions.
Several methodologies have been approved by the United Nations to mitigate the effects of methane emissions from mining coal, but almost all the projects that used these methodologies have closed due to the methodological complexities and uncertainties associated with the quantity and quality of methane gas from coal seams.
This project is one of the few very successful projects that started by devising a new methodology and has gone through a painstakingly long process of approval. The project is a pilot initiative that is a model for many thousands of similar coal mining operations across the world.
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