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Potent new source of natural gas February 19, 2008

Posted by OldGuy in Methane.
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Doug Reitz wrote a blog about the use of about methane hydrates, deposits rich in methane, for energy independence.. Popular Mechanics reports that “Methane bound in hydrates could provide the world with an astounding amount of natural gas–if it could be safely extracted.”

The article states that “100,000 to 300 million trillion cu. ft. (tcf) of methane exists globally in hydrate form–most of it in the ocean floor.” The trick is extracting it safely. If it’s not harvested properly, it will release into the atmosphere and speed up global warming.The process needs carbon dioxide to force it out. Fortunately, that’s a byproduct of Fischer-Tropsch, and FT needs a place to store all that CO2. Between FT and Methane, we might be energy independent by the middle of the next decade.
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