Exploration for and the production of natural gas from coal (termed coalbed methane or CBM in the report) continues to develop rapidly in eastern Kansas and especially in southeast Kansas. During this study period 1774 wells were determined to have been drilled for exploration or production of coalbed methane since the start of CBM activities in eastern Kansas. Of this total 973 wells were recognized to be producing CBM in eastern Kansas. Production of CBM during 2003 totaled approximately 10 billion cubic feet. This production total is mainly from four counties (Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Labette counties) within the Cherokee basin of southeast Kansas. Two additional counties with significant CBM production include Chautauqua and Miami counties.