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No shortage of methane?

 
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Cycloloco



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:24 am    Post subject: No shortage of methane? Reply with quote

For a possible new source of natural gas see

http://environment.guardian.co.uk/energy/story/0,,1970931,00.html

Lots of it...expensive...more global warming?
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Erik



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: No shortage of methane? Reply with quote

Cycloloco wrote:
For a possible new source of natural gas see

http://environment.guardian.co.uk/energy/story/0,,1970931,00.html

Lots of it...expensive...more global warming?


I recall seeing a study about creating gas hydrate solids from natural gas in order to store and transport it, as an alternative to LNG. I didn't know it occured naturally in large potentially minable quantities.

I certainly don't like the sound of this:
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Drilling for hydrates has proved difficult. Some deposits occur in thick layers whereas others exist as nuggets of ice spread across a large area. Disturbing the hydrates without care destabilises the molecules, causing a massive release of methane.
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