'Alaska's methane hydrates can be developed now'

US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.), on Nov. 12 in response to a US Geological Survey report indicating that up to an additional 157.8 trillion cubic feet of methane gas hydrates may be recoverable from Alaska's North Slope.

US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.), on Nov. 12 in response to a US Geological Survey report indicating that up to an additional 157.8 trillion cubic feet of methane gas hydrates may be recoverable from Alaska's North Slope:

"This report improves the economics of an Alaskan natural gas pipeline, and may be key to keeping America from increasing its dependence on imported sources of natural gas in the future. Methane hydrate production may prove to be a key element of a balanced national energy plan in the years ahead.

"The fact that Alaska's onshore methane hydrates appear to be capable of production using existing technology is great news for not only Alaska's future economy, but also for the nation…

"This report indicates that since Alaska's methane hydrates can be developed now, using conventional technology already tested in the Canadian Arctic without environmental damage, that we all need to renew our efforts to get a gas line built as soon as possible to make sure that America utilizes its own gas, rather than build costly regasification terminals so that we can become increasingly dependent on imported [liquefied natural gas]."

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