In May, Delta County Commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane considered a temporary use development application from Hubbard Creek Coal Gas, LLC to extract coal mine methane from Bowie Resources #2 mine from an existing bore hole.
The coal mine methane will be oxidized in an enclosed flare. It will be extracted from Bowie #2 mine using a vacuum pump powered by a 20 HP electric motor. The gas will pass through a water separator before being piped to an enclosed vertical oxidizer where the methane gas will be converted to carbon dioxide and water vapor.
The system will be connected to the internet from a satellite link and cell phone connection. The system will be powered by a 36 KW diesel generator with a 200 gallon fuel tank.
Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, told the commissioners that planning staff has reviewed the application and determined that the application is complete.
Notice was sent to all properties within 1,000 feet of the larger Bowie Resource Mine property. Required published notice and public posting of the public hearing was made.
A request for comments was sent to review agencies. County Road and Bridge noted that part of the access road to the site is county road (Hubbard Creek) and there is no winter maintenance of this road.
Colorado Geologic Survey stated that blasting and vibroseis explorations are unlikely to trigger landslide activity, but recommended the county request the applicant to provide an estimate of anticipated ground acceleration associated with the proposed seismic explorations.
A four-week construction period is projected. Delivery of the equipment will be on six to eight highway legal trucks. One to two cranes will be required for unloading and placement of the equipment. One to two concrete ready mix trucks will deliver the cement for a concrete pad for the thermal oxidizer. Pickup trucks and trailers will deliver fencing materials. Eight to 10 truckloads of gravel will be used at the site. Five to ten construction personnel will access the site in light duty trucks.
The site will be secured with a chain link fence and locked gate.
Once operations begin, one to two trips per week will be made by maintenance personnel to check, service and deliver fuel to the site.
Commissioners agreed that sufficient information had been presented to determine that the applicant can complete the project in compliance will applicable standards and requirements.
Commissioners voted unanimously for the project to move forward administratively.