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CBM operators feel the squeeze

The CBM industry was given a pass early on when coalbed methane first emerged as a commercial enterprise in the basin. In the late 1990s, the industry was allowed to dump production water on the surface with minimal management requirements. "The industry is just being asked to pay the costs that society has borne for them either through the government or private landowners," said Steve Adami, board member of the landowner group Powder River Basin Resource Council. Read the full story from the Billings Gazette.