As the interest in coalbed methane production increases more and more engineers and scientists are becoming interested in the reservoir and sorption characteristics of different coal seams throughout the U.S and the world. As they set out to search for such information it becomes clear that finding such information is not easy. The difficulties associated with collecting such information are due to three major factors. First is the fact that development of CBM reservoirs is a relatively new phenomenon when it is compared with conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. Secondly, companies that are in possession of such data and information are very protective of their data. They consider them company assets and are not ready to release them. Thirdly, whatever data and information that is available in the public domain is scattered in hundreds of technical papers and publicly funded project reports.

The objective of this paper is to introduce and describe the details of a series of newly developed databases that will soon become publicly available. These databases are a collection of all the publicly available CBM related data and information in one location. This series includes three major databases. First is a literature database that includes the title, authors, topics and summary of all the available technical papers and project reports related to CBM. Each entry includes a summary of the paper and other information that facilitate locating the article or the report. The database includes papers from SPE and CBM conferences and symposiums along with reports published by DOE, GRI and others.

The second database is a collection of reservoir and sorption characteristics of CBM reservoirs that has appeared in the public domain. The data has been organized by basin and field and one can identify ranges and statistics about the available data based on each basin. A reference for each piece of data is also presented. The third database is CBM well productions from different states and different local databases that has been gathered and compiled in one location for easy access. These databases are located and maintained at the Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering department at West Virginia University.

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