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  • US coalbed methane takes a dive

    David Michael Cohen

    Low gas prices and the general economic slump have hit an already faltering North American coalbed methane sector especially hard, with CBM drilling in the US predicted to fall by almost half in 2009 compared with the previous year. Although Canadian CBM drilling continued its gentle decline last year, production from CBM wells in Alberta increased 8%, providing an increasing share of total natural gas production in 2008. Meanwhile, coalbed methane got big boosts outside North America, with new projects in China and Australia’s burgeoning CBM sectors continuing into 2009.

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