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State, DOE map plan for methane hydrate testing

14th of August, 2013

By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal of Commerce

State and U.S. Department of Energy officials are working toward on a plan for a long-term production test of methane from hydrates on the North Slope. The state Department of Natural Resources announced July 31 it was setting aside 11 tracts of unleased state lands on the slope for methane hydrate research.

Methane, the main component of natural gas, is locked in immense quantities in ice-type formations held in permafrost. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates resources of 84 trillion cubic feet across the North Slope.

In recent years industry and government scientists have been gaining a better understanding of hydrates and how the methane might be extracted. READ MORE HERE.

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