The risk of migratory methane emissions resulting from the development of Queensland coal seam gas

In sedimentary basins migration of methane and other fluids occurs naturally in response to multiple factors. Natural methane surface seeps are well known in many gas provinces. The pathways for such emissions can be enhanced and new pathways created through subsurface resource developments, leading to so-called induced migratory emissions. Distinguishing induced migratory emissions from natural emissions is important for a range of considerations, including resource recovery efficiency and safety, carbon budgets and environmental impacts.

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Dimitri Lafleur, Mike Sandiford

Melbourne Energy Institute

Reports and working papers

Research Areas:
Gas; Geological resources

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