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Gas (Methane) Hydrates: A New Frontier

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John,
 
The following articles are very interesting.

If the technology proves successful vast new reserves of natural gas could be brought onto the market.

Note that Royal Dutch Shell is NOT one of the participants in this test.
 
US claims ‘unprecedented’ success in test for new fuel source – U.S. …: usnews.nbcnews.com: May 5, 2012 – Those crystals, known as methane hydrates, contain natural gas but so far releasing that fuel has been an expensive proposition. The drilling …
 
Alaska’s Methane Hydrate Resource Sparks Debate Over Energy …: huffingtonpost.com: Nov 11, 2012 – “Any exploration activities designed to extract methane hydrates run the risk of unintended consequences, of unleashing the monster,” he said.

Gas (Methane) Hydrates — A New Frontier – USGS Fact Sheet: marine.usgs.gov: Jan 9, 2013 – Methane trapped in marine sediments as a hydrate represents such an … represent hazards to drilling, and therefore must be well understood.

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