Gas Find Could Be America's Largest
"Drilling tests in Alaska's North Slope have revealed ‘staggering’ deposits of gas hydrate that could contain 200,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. This is over a hundred times greater than most reserves, says the US Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
"Gas hydrate is an ice-like solid that results from the trapping of methane molecules, the main component of natural gas, within a lattice-like cage of water molecules. Dubbed the "ice that burns," this substance releases gaseous methane when it melts. The find, within the Milne Point unit of the greater Prudhoe Bay region of Alaska's North Slope, is a joint project of a consortium co-funded by NETL and conducted through the National Methane Hydrate R&D Program, which is a DOE-led collaboration." Source: EngineerLive.com