North Fork Energy LLC generates carbon offsets by destroying excess methane gas that is vented from the Elk Creek coal mine. This excess gas is pumped through a thermal oxidizer, burning the methane before it gets to the atmosphere.
Methane Oxidation (Combustion) Reduces Green House Gas Emissions
CH4(methane) + 2O2(oxygen) →(exothermic reaction) CO2(carbon dioxide) + 2H2O(water) + ∆(heat)
Thermal Oxidizer has a combustion capacity of 3,500,000 cubic feet of methane (CH4), and a maximum capacity to avoid about 5,000 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) equivalent per day.