Methane hydrates

Could wind generators slow climate mixing and the arctic thaw?

Michael Lucking,

Thought-provoking comments from an alert Newfoundland reader, following on from the 'methane-burps' fears covered previously. Could suitably placed wind turbines reduce climate mixing, slow the warming of arctic regions, and so avoid catastrophic methane emissions from thawing tundra?

archived March 16, 2005

Methane Hydrates: US DOE Commissions Voyage of Discovery for Vast New Resource

RZ staffer, RigZone

The Uncle John's 2005 voyage is part of a wider effort to better understand methane hydrate. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has funded the Gulf of Mexico Joint Industry Project, a 4-year, $13.6 million, cost-shared effort to develop technologies that locate and safely drill through or near the hydrate.

archived March 2, 2005

North Slope gas hydrates starting to look feasible

Alan Bailey, Petroleum News

An investigation team reports that gas hydrates could become a source of natural gas within a few years

archived January 1, 2005

Methane Burps: Ticking Time Bomb

John Atcheson, Baltimore Sun (Common Dreams)

If we trigger this runaway release of methane, there's no turning back. No do-overs. Once it starts, it's likely to play out all the way.

archived December 15, 2004

Oil: Are We Running Out?

David Deming, Second Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Conference

Predictions of imminent oil shortages have been made throughout the 20th century. Although all previous predictions have been false, in recent years a new generation of predictions based on the Hubbert model have become ascendant and attracted media attention.

archived January 11, 2000

Gas Hydrates – Will They be Considered in the Future Global Energy Mix?

press release, USGS

For the first time, an international research program involving the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey has proven that it is technically feasible to produce gas from gas hydrates. Gas hydrates are a naturally occurring “ice-like” combination of natural gas and water that have the potential to be a significant new source of energy from the world’s oceans and polar regions.

archived November 30, 2003

Worst case scenario of methane hydrate release

American Geophysical Union, Innovations Report

A worst-case scenario of climate change from the possible future release of submerged methane hydrates predicts catastrophic warming in the atmosphere and rising sea level similar to conditions that preceded the last ice age

archived June 23, 2004