The McCommas Bluff Landfill in the City of Dallas, Texas covers 966 acres and is among the largest operating landfills in the United States.
In 2007 Cambrian, with a partner, acquired from a trustee in bankruptcy the operating assets of a failed RNG, or renewable natural gas (pipeline quality biomethane produced from landfill gas), project that collected and processed landfill gas produced at the McCommas Bluff Landfill and upgraded it to meet the pipeline injection standards of Atmos Pipeline-Texas.
Cambrian Energy and its partner were the fourth owners of the RNG project. All three prior owners failed due to inadequate Financial Engineering of the project. RNG had been sold as a natural gas equivalent by the prior owners on a merchant basis with no increased value realized from the environmental attributes associated with the RNG produced. The project made money when natural gas prices were high, and when natural gas prices were low, as often occurred in the volatile natural gas market, the project went bankrupt.
Under Cambrian Energy’s project development leadership, the McCommas Bluff Landfill RNG Project has become the largest producing RNG project and, perhaps, the most successful RNG project in the United States.