The colliery I worked in as a lad (Cefn Coed - Crynant valley - Seven sisters - South Wales) was hugely gassy. They piped up the methane to fuel 6 massive pithead boilers, which in turn drove the cage winders and other services - ah nostalgic days. This is an area of economic decline which would benefit enormously from the fracking industry and provide a source of regeneration and employment to the larger area. Come on South Wales get your mojo back again! The recent (and famous) rugby win at Twickenham could be the initiator! Cymru am Byth!
Apparently the Lancashire coal mines were notorious for "gassy" coal seams and were the sites of many colliery explosions, as recently as 1979. Maybe CBM extraction would be a way of turning that history into something constructive for the area.
Presumably the decision to go for CBM at Trafford was based on the Barton Moss drill results. That exploratory drill revealed 15 coal measures with a total depth of 77 feet. I guess their analysis of the core will have enabled them to determine the suitability of the coal measures for CBM production.
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