- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Researchers will look at whether methane is escaping from Navajo Mine.

The study is also intended to find ways to capture any methane that does escape and use it for energy, the Daily Times reported (https://bit.ly/1OWaaZK).

The Navajo Transitional Energy Company oversees the mine that provides all the coal used at Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington. A NASA and University of Michigan report in 2014 said there was a hot spot of methane above the Four Corners.

The research will be helpful, CEO Clark Moseley said in a statement about the deal with Colorado-based Koveva Ltd., an energy development company, to conduct the study, which ends in January.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Koveva that will help (NTEC) understand the role fugitive methane has on and near Navajo Mine,” Moseley said. “We will have some answers to our role in the ongoing debate regarding fugitive methane in our area.”

Spokesman Erny Zah added: “We just see it as important to really understand our role with fugitive methane in the San Juan Basin.”

A handful of Navajo Technical University and Diné College students will help with research, which is funded by the California-based David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

“We have not obtained permission from the Packard Foundation to freely disclose the” cost of the study, Koveva Ltd. CEO Taku Ide said.

“I think the NASA methane study helped make the argument that a detailed study of the area was necessary,” Ide said.

Arizona Public Service Co. is the majority owner of Four Corners Power Plant.


Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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