Geologist proposing pilot project to tap underground coal seam fire west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, for energy, other resources; concept can be applied to about 1,000 such underground fires across the U.S.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado , November 9, 2011 () – A Golden-based geologist is proposing a pilot project to tap an underground coal seam fire west of Glenwood Springs for energy and other resources.

Lindsey V. Maness Jr. of In-Situ Coal Energy Corp. says that pumping oxygen to the fire can produce coal oil, electricity through turbines and other methods, mineral byproducts and a greenhouse operation to capture heat and carbon dioxide.

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reports (http://bit.ly/vUEOKy ) Maness presented his idea to Garfield County commissioners Tuesday.

Maness says the concept can be applied to about 1,000 such underground Fires — which are nearly impossible to extinguish — across the country.

Burning for about a century, the fire in South Canyon surfaced in 2002 and sparked a wildfire that destroyed about 30 homes in the area.

Maness says the concept can be applied to about 1,000 such underground Fires — which are nearly impossible to extinguish — across the country.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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