Raven Ridge Resources, Inc. recently analyzed methane emissions data from the West Elk coal mine and concluded it would be safe, technologically achievable, and economically feasible to flare the mine’s methane that is currently emitted through West Elk’s methane drainage wells.  The Raven Ridge report shows that there are no financial or practical hurdles to methane flaring at West Elk.  Using available enclosed flare technology, West Elk would likely be able to flare 6.7 billion cubic feet of methane over the next ten years just from the mine’s methane drainage wells – reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 2.64 million tons of CO2e.

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