Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama

Did You Know…?

  • Natural Gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel in domestic production
  • A large component of Natural Gas is methane (CH4).
  • Methane is a by-product of the geologic process that turns organic material into coal.
  • 13% of the land in the lower 48 United States has some sort of coal under it, and nearly all of this coal contains methane.
  • Methane gas, a hazard in underground coal mining, is normally wasted into the atmosphere.
  • A process developed during the search for non-conventional fuels permits the extraction of this natural gas from the coal beds.
  • Coalbed methane is produced in 7 counties in Alabama and accounts for about 44% of all natural gas produced in the state.
  • Operators have invested about $3.5 BILLION in Alabama to develop the resource.
  • Almost 10,000 coalbed methane wells have been permitted in Alabama since 1980.  Currently there are 6,100 active wells.
  • The Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama is a non-profit trade association made up of individuals and companies engaged     in the development of coalbed methane resources in Alabama.
  • The CMAA has promoted the continued development of this valuable resource in the state for more than 28 years.