Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama

CMAA Officers Scott White, Charles Willis and Mike Bretzke with  Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon at CMAA 2019 Annual Meeting
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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 40% 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 5,600 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 30 years.