Native American Methane Capture
Since the beginning of time, the mountains of Colorado have been shifting. When they shift, gases from deep inside the core of the earth are released. The Southern Ute Tribe has learned how to capture this leaking gas and redirect it into energy.
What it does
Methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more damaging to Earth than CO₂. This project captures methane from coal seams at the surface of the mountains. Once the leak is contained, the natural gas is redirected to existing pipelines for use by homes, businesses and schools across the reservation. The Tribe has decided to invest in this system to protect their sacred tribal lands and the world’s environment. Bottom Line: This project is NOT fracking. It turns an obvious environmental problem into a productive solution. The Southern Ute Tribe willingly accepts the responsibility to protect the environment. With your support, the project will continue to grow and you’ll fulfill a responsibility to protect the earth of your own!
How it works
Methane is best known as the primary component of natural gas. It is a by-product of nature’s formation of coal, occurring over millions of years. When geological forces raise coal to the surface of the earth, methane escapes into the atmosphere. By channeling the methane into natural gas pipelines for public use, this project helps the environment by first eliminating the release of greenhouse gas, and then doubles the benefit by reusing the methane as a clean energy resource. Wow!
- Over 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are eliminated every year by this project
- Provides jobs and income for members of the Southern Ute tribe
- Decreases local demand for natural gas, mitigating the need for invasive drilling elsewhere
- Methane is highly flammable and can cause sudden fires
- Currently, the Tribe is not profiting from this project, but continues to manage it because it supports their values
- The project requires consistent funding to maintain infrastructure
Who it helps
Mother Earth to begin with, our friends and animals who live on this land and the air that they breathe. With the right equipment, this energy is free for the taking. No bulldozers scraping at the earth, no uprooting of trees or grassland, just jobs, piping, and technology and you have clean energy for all kinds of use. Isn’t that the way we’d all like to treat the planet?
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Why we chose this project
Global greenhouse gas emissions from coal mining are hugely detrimental to the environment.
Several methodologies have been approved by the United Nations to mitigate the effects of methane emissions from mining coal, but almost all the projects that used these methodologies have closed due to the methodological complexities and uncertainties associated with the quantity and quality of methane gas from coal seams.
This project is one of the few very successful projects that started by devising a new methodology and has gone through a painstakingly long process of approval. The project is a pilot initiative that is a model for many thousands of similar coal mining operations across the world.
-Sid Yadav, CEO Global Offset Research
An ancient duty, and a win for common sense
Rocky Mountain high-five!
Putting methane on the map
How we select our projects
We go the extra mile, or kilometer, make sure each project’s carbon-cutting is effective, and the use of funds is efficient.