Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Coalbed Methane Potential of the Gulf Coast

October 28, 2000, Houston, Texas.
GCAGS 2000 Annual Convention short course presented by the PTTC Central Gulf, Eastern Gulf, and Texas Regions and the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG

Course Description
The course reviewed basic fundamentals of coalbed methane and provided details of exploration and development, including how coal reservoir and coalbed methane production differs from conventional gas plays, a geologic/hydrologic-centered approach to coalbed methane exploration, and generation of an integrated basin coalbed methane exploration model. Topics included basin tectonics, structural setting, natural fracture patterns, coal depositional environments, coal rank, sorption characteristics, gas content, gas composition, hydrodynamics, and permeability. Case studies from coal basins in the Western U.S., Black Warrior Basin, and Texas were presented. A review of basic coal chemistry, including the collection of samples for gas content evaluation and methods for evaluating in-gas resources was discussed. The course concluded with an overview of the coalbed methane resources of the Gulf Coast Region and a question and answer session.

"Exploration Strategies Based on a Coalbed Methane Exploration Model. A Review of the Coalbed Methane Potential of Texas." Andrew R. Scott, Altuda Geological Consulting, Austin, Texas.

"Critical Factors for Coalbed Gas Exploration and Production." Walter B. Ayers, Jr., Schlumberger Holditch-Reservoir Technologies, College Station, Texas.

"Using Coal Facies and Deltaic Depositional Models to Find Thick Net Coal Sections—Application of a Ferron Analogue to Gulf Coast Coals." Charles E. Barker, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado.

"Coalbed Methane in Louisiana." John B. Echols, Louisiana Geological Survey, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"Coalbed Methane Development in the Warrior Basin of Alabama." R.G. (Jerry) Sanders, Black Warrior Methane Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

"Review of Coal Depositional Models from Rocky Mountain Foreland Basin." Roger Tyler, ARC Group, LLC.

"Preliminary Evaluation of the Coalbed Methane Resources of the Gulf Coastal Plain." Peter D. Warwick, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

Course Coordinators
Chacko J. John, Louisiana Geological Survey, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Andrew R. Scott, Altuda Geological Consulting, Austin, Texas.

For more information about this and other PTTC workshops, please contact Sigrid Clift at
512-471-0320 or e-mail