Scientist moves closer to capturing methane from abandoned coal mines

A man wearing a mask is surrounded by large pipes and machines


Environmental scientist Chris Caskey is a step closer to his idea of capturing more than 1 million cubic feet of methane gas that leaks from the coal mines around Aspen, Colorado.

He recently received a “categorical exclusion” from the White River National Forest that will allow him to carry out an inventory and study of the methane gas leaking from coal mine vents in a 5-square mile area near Redstone, reported the Colorado Sun.

The decision authorizes Caskey’s Delta Brick & Climate Company to use ground-based monitoring units and aircraft to gather data in the White River National Forest that will relay the volume, concentration and location of methane gas venting into the atmosphere from mining adits and other surface features.

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