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North Fork Coal Mine Methane Working Group

Memorandum of Understanding
The stated mission of the NFCMMWG is the support of the coal mines and surrounding communities in the North Fork Valley through the development of a comprehensive strategy for education, capture, exploration of mitigation, and economic utilization of coal mine methane.

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NFCMMWG was formed with a Memorandum of Understanding that called for seven specific objectives:

1. Educate the NFCMMWG on all aspects of coal mine methane.

2. Analyze and research the economic feasibility of coal mine methane capture and utilization.

3. Analysis and identification of the potential coal mine methane capture utilization technologies, infrastructure potential and project funding opportunities.

4. Analyze and research coal mine methane emission and reduction opportunities.

5. Analyze and identify legal and regulatory barriers to coal mine methane capture and utilization and identify strategies to address hurdles.

6. Analysis and support for the development of markets for the use of coal mine methane.

7. Develop a coal mine methane mitigation and utilization implementation strategy.






Charter Members:
Delta County, Gunnison County, Bowies Resources, Ltd., Mountain Coal Company, LLC, Oxbow Mining, LLC, Western Slope Conservation Center, Conservation Colorado, Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Tri-State Cooperative, State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Energy Office, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Public Health and Environment

delta   wscc   bowie   Gunnison County   mountain coal company   oxbow   dmea   tri-state      colorado department of health and enviornment   dnr   dola   colorado energy office

Participating Invited Parties:
State of Colorado Governor’s office, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and representatives from Senators Bennet and Gardner and Representative Tipton’s offices