2009 International Coalbed & Shale Gas Symposium/RPSEA Forum

The University of Alabama's College of Continuing Studies, College of Engineering and sponsors are proud to continue the tradition of hosting the International Coalbed Methane Symposium. The first Coalbed Methane Symposium was held on the campus of The University of Alabama in November 1987. Promulgated by national and international energy demand, interest in the coalbed methane gas resources continued to expand. In 1993, the Coalbed Methane Symposium gained international attention and the result was the first International Coalbed Methane Symposium.
The 2009 symposium, dedicated to the international advancement of the science and technology of unconventional gas extraction and utilization, continues its mission within the coalbed methane series and has expanded its focus to include Shale Gas. The 2009 International Coalbed and Shale Gas Symposium provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary examination of diverse technologies concerning coalbed methane and shale gas.

The Executive Committee is soliciting abstracts in such fields as:

  • Horizontal Drilling
  • Geology/Resource Assessment
  • Reservoir Characterization/ Engineering
  • Enhanced Recovery/Stimulation
  • Reservoir Modeling
  • Environmental/Legal/Economics
  • Sequestration
  • Shale Gas
  • Well Completions
  • International Coal & Shale Gas Developments
  • New Technology
The 2009 International Coalbed Symposium offers a series of short courses, concurrent technical sessions and field trips to examine the geology relative to coalbed methane reservoirs and/or a visit to coalbed methane production field operations.


2008 Coalbed & Shale Gas Symposium began a valuable partnership with the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America. This organization is looking for direction from the industry on areas needing funding for research, and this forum will concentrate on research needs in the areas of Coalbed Methane and Shale Gas. RPSEA's forum is Wednesday, May 20, at 8 a.m.
Click here for more information and to register.


Mon, May. 18 - Fri, May. 22, 2009
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern


Bryant Conference Center
240 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487