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The goal of
this project, completed in 2001, was to develop a coal-gas resource
database and investigate the potential for coal-gas resource development
in the Wilcox Group in the area of the Sabine Uplift in East Texas.
Coal occurrence and lithofacies maps for the region were digitized
and converted into a GIS (Geographic Information System) format
for inclusion in the U.S. Geological Survey National Coal Resources
Data System. These data enable prediction of coal seam thickness,
geometry, and continuity and therefore make it possible to define
possible areas of coal bed methane production.
These data indicate
that the highest potential for production of coal bed methane exists
in lower Wilcox coal seams of Panola and Shelby counties. The project
is part of an ongoing cooperative effort with the U.S. Geological
Survey to develop a better basis for calculating and defining the
coalbed methane potential in the United States. Exploitation of
coalbed resources for methane generation is an environmentally friendly
alternative to coal mining and combustion. This research will provide
the Texas natural gas and coal industry with baseline information
and may stimulate a new coalbed methane industry in the state.