New use for coal mines

POSTED: 6:38 AM Feb 06 2013   UPDATED: 5:57 PM Feb 06 2013

Virginia Tech researchers are looking for new ways to go green and coal seams could be the answer.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory is backing a project to help study the prospect of storing carbon dioxide in thinner, less valuable coal seams.

CONSOL Energy will try to sequester as much as 20,000 tons of the gas that scientists say contributes to global warming.

According to the Associated Press, CONSOL is donating three coalbed methane wells in Buchanan, Virginia for the pilot project.

The experiment is set to begin this fall.