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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Old King Coal gets a makeover – researchers look at new ways to tease energy from an old fuel

Mark Bustin, The University of British Columbia

Canada has vast resources of coalbed methane gas. These reserves, located mainly in western Canada where a petroleum infrastructure already exists, become increasingly attractive as demand for natural gas increases and conventional reserves decline. Coalbed methane is unique in that gas has a much higher volume of gas per volume of rock at shallow depths than found in conventional gas reservoirs. The latest research also suggests that the injection of flue gases or carbon dioxide into the coal seams can enhance methane production and possibly also result in permanent sequestration of greenhouse gases. But devising efficient and environmentally safe production technologies for this fuel comes with many real and perceived challenges.

R. Marc Bustin has been studying the factors that control the distribution, type and production of gas from coal for the last 25 years. He is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at The University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of the Thiesson Medal for his contributions to coal science and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas (CSUG) Annual Achievement Award, sponsored by Sproule, for contributions to the study of unconventional gas resources.

DATE: Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators & Media. All others - $10

PRE-REGISTRATION by Monday February 7th is required. Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator, email:, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)