Evaluating Methane Seepage Over Time
As part of the conditions for operating coal bed methane production wells in Colorado, the regulatory agency requires coal outcrop methane seepage monitoring to document any changes in methane seepage over time and space. Assessing the magnitude and extent of an odorless, colorless, and explosive gas presents many technical complexities.
LTE uses a portable gas-flux meter while working along the Fruitland Formation (Kf) outcrop in La Plata County, Colorado, for three major oil and gas companies. The meter measures the flux of methane, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide by employing individual gas-specific sensors that record the increase of gas concentrations over time for a given surface area. Our innovative application of a foreign-made field meter designed for landfills and volcanology for use as a measuring device on coalbed outcrops has provided a trusted means to document changes in methane seepage.
Detailed maps and geographic information system (GIS) shape files are created to illustrate the location, extent, and magnitude of the methane seeps. Our approach has combined both traditional and innovative technologies to facilitate smart and efficient data collection that our clients can rely on to protect human health and keep oil and gas business operations moving forward.
Sub Services List
- Air Quality
- Chemical & Material Management
- Due Diligence
- Health & Safety
- Site Investigation
- Well Compliance