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Energy Department taps vast supply of frozen methane in Alaska

LA Times -- ANCHORAGE — A half-mile below the ground at Prudhoe Bay, above the vast oil field that helped trigger construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill rig has tapped what might one day be the next big energy source.

The U.S. Department of Energy and industry partners over two winters drilled into a reservoir of methane hydrate, which looks like ice but burns like a candle if a match warms its molecules. There is little need now for methane, the main ingredient of natural gas. With the boom in production from hydraulic fracturing, the United States is awash in natural gas for the near future and is considering exporting it, but the Energy Department wants to be ready with methane if there's a need.

"If you wait until you need it, and then you have 20 years of research to do, that's


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 5:55:42 AM

nsdp: no telling. Maybe marketing?
nsdp
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:33:54 PM

There is 15TCF(that doesn't count the other North Slope fields) in the gas cap at Prudhoe Bay and in the last 40 years no one has figured a way to get that to market. What makes this different?
Canucktree
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:19:52 AM

Ouch! 45 Votes! This will be as old as the turkey!
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:50:35 AM

Same news as yesterday
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:34:47 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:52:25 AM

ok...
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:51:32 AM

That sounds promising
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:37:15 AM

Be prepared.
RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:29:46 AM

Implications for the environment?
CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:11:02 AM

Aviator Rob - How True, global warming will only increase exponentially with the melting permafrost!
It's becoming more apparent here with many peoples psychology, that their desires for cheap energy to further their need for convenient transportation, that they wish away global warming with rhetoric that it does not exist; until it's to late!
The Arctic once a frozen ocean is virtually liquid; when it was frozen it has a moderating effect on extreme temps not just in the northern hemisphere but globally!
Let the onslaught (comments) begin!
camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:03:01 AM

research could start now on uses for it
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:03:00 AM

Dude!
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:59:49 PM

Go for it
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:55:57 PM

Frozen? Well, maybe it doesn't smell as bad.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:55:14 PM

Ok
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:53:52 PM

I never said govt has all the answers, @bojiway1. But at least their looking for some, unlike Big Oil that just has it's collective head down a borehole.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:52:07 PM

I won't have to wait long, @SilliesRock. At this rate, it'll happen in our lifetime, although people who currently live at the shore and don't move may not live that long.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:51:33 PM

The US should have, and still should be, developing its own resources (oil, natural gas, etc.) to become energy independent.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:51:25 PM

I don't believe it can be done safely. Stick with cow herds.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:50:53 PM

COOL!
bojiway1
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:48:42 PM

and the gov, has all the answers Rob, I say if we can do it safely and under control, do it
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:44:45 PM

Methane... The Next Big Thing.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:43:35 PM

Keep waiting, Aviator Bob.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:40:57 PM

Ah, once again the Internet trolls don't care except to say that government is the problem. Otherwise, "Drill, baby, drill!" "Unleash Capitalism!" Blah, blah, blah.

I'm just waiting to see how much the temperature spikes when the permafrost starts to melt and all of this natural gas that's been locked up as methane hydrate escapes into the atmosphere.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:40:32 PM

can me-thane be frozen when its a gas. oh! it's crystalized methane/frozen liquid. not the gas.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:37:03 PM

ok sounds good
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:36:19 PM


The US is awash in natural gas right now. This is just one more source that can be tapped when conventional supplies begin to wane.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:31:10 PM

the next big thing?
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:29:45 PM

we don't need it for the near future so why waste money and time now?
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:28:56 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:25:01 PM

Just leave it, it's like money in the bank.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:24:18 PM

very nice much needed
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:22:20 PM

It's obvious that we ought to be using our own plentiful energy product to power our cars. Why is the infrastructure not being developed? It's the only way that this will ever be successful. The hybrid car we need is dual-fuel: CNG/gasoline for now, straight CNG when the infrastructure will support it.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:21:03 PM

not with this administration
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:18:19 PM

good, go drill for it
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:10:43 PM

So Sarah Palin's old hot air rots and has a good use - who knew?

"Drill, baby, drill"

[Edited by: VikingWoman at 11/23/2012 11:12:08 PM EST]
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:10:24 PM

Cool, if it can be safely gathered and transported to where it is needed...
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:10:12 PM

This could be a very good thing. It looks like these climate change folks will have there say about it too.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:09:35 PM

Hope they don't export it.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:03:57 PM

Old dumps and cow manure produce all kinds of methane gas and sometimes when they build houses on these old dumps, they will suddenly explode when the gas seeps into the house and is egnited by a flame or spark. Can be dangerous stuff.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:01:45 PM

the enerygy of the future
mrselfdestruct
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:59:10 PM

Flammable dry ice, that'll be fun
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:58:33 PM

...colorless, odorless....
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:57:10 PM

WOW! Frozen methane, that gives me ideas.....
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:55:02 PM

they could also tap cows for their methane which is not frozen.

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:54:44 PM

ok but who is really doing it it is not the governemnt
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Pullsome taxes down?
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:50:55 PM

It seems more fuel sources are being found.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:48:38 PM

Next?
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:48:07 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:41:25 PM

Cool. We can always use the money. Lower taxes? Ha!
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