Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Coalbed Methane Potential in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
GCAGS 2002 Annual Convention, Austin, Texas

Course Description
An update on drilling, assessments, and evolving prospects of the rapidly changing coalbed methane play in the Gulf Coast Region.

  • Depositional environments and palynology of Tertiary and Cretaceous coals of South Texas and Northern Mexico
  • Coal Rank Anomalies of South Texas and adjacent areas of Mexico: Evidence for prior depth of burial/basin unroofing.
  • Olmos Formation coalbed methane origin, migration, and desorption.
  • Salt domes as exploration targets in the Gulf Coast.
  • Core characteristics of the Olmos Formation (Cretaceous), Southwest Texas.
  • Plays and assessment of Gulf Coast coalbed methane.
  • Coalbed gas potential of Gulf Coast low-rank coals—An assessment and comparison with the Powder River Basin play.
  • Early efforts to produce coalbed methane in the Maverick Basin, Maverick County, Texas.
  • Assessment of coalbed methane potential in Louisiana.
  • Geologic heterogeneity and coalbed methane production: Experience from the Black Warrior Basin.
Jennifer Klein, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Kentucky
Bill Lang, D/L Hydrocarbons, LC, Junction, TX
Dr. Charly Barker, Research Geologist, USGS, Denver, CO
Alexander Karlsen, Geologist, USGS, Reston, VA
Dr. Peter Warwick, Research Geologist, USGS, Reston, VA
Dr. Walt Ayers, Visiting Professor of Geosciences, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
Cleve Dear, Engineer and President, D/L Hydrocarbons, L.C., TX
Dr. F. Clayton Breland, Jr., Assistant Professor, Basin Research Inst., Energy Section, Louisiana Geological Survey, Louisiana State University
Dr. Jack Pashin, Head, Energy and Minerals Section, Geological Survey of Alabama

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