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Inlandsis Fund and ECC to abate mine methane at Bailey coal mine

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The Inlandsis Fund, based in Quebec (Canada), and Environmental Commodities Corporation (ECC), based in Maryland (USA), have entered into a long-term agreement to expand a mine methane abatement project by deploying additional incineration systems that utilise advanced control and combustion technologies.

Operating on CONSOL's Bailey coal mine, the project abates mine methane using ECC's proprietary mobile incineration system. The project has been recognised as a successful collaboration between a leading energy company, regulators, and environmental financiers to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining operations. The project is listed with the American Carbon Registry and will continue to operate under California's cap-and-trade programme.

The Inlandsis Fund CEO David Moffat said: "Inlandsis is very impressed with ECC and the technology it is deploying at the mine. Our fund is proud to help grow what could become the largest mine methane abatement project in the world. This investment solidifies our position as a leading investor in North American carbon markets."

Ben Apple, Principal at ECC, praised the collaborative efforts to approve and commission the project: "CONSOL Energy is a leader in the mining industry. The strong support we received from the State of West Virginia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a testament to their commitment to industry, the environment, and the economy. The contribution from Inlandsis is critical for effective deployment of our technology."

CONSOL's Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Jacqueline Fidler, underscored the significance of working beyond environmental compliance and commented: "Not only are we reducing the environmental footprint of our operations, which aligns with our company's environmental policy, we are also demonstrating to the industry a new mindset focused on innovative technologies to achieve continuous improvement of environmental performance."

Eric Ripley, Program Manager at the American Carbon Registry, hopes that there will additional voluntary mine methane emission reduction projects. He stated: "Due to the foresight of the State of California and their cap-and-trade programme, voluntary emission reduction projects like the Bailey Mine Methane Project have been encouraged. We hope to see more of these projects as forward-thinking energy companies look to reduce the environmental impact of their operations."

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