The U.S. Department of Energy says it was able to safely extract a steady stream of natural gas from methane hydrates this winter on Alaska’s North Slope. The agency partnered with oil companies to test new technology to remove methane trapped in ice crystals beneath the sea floor. The federal government calls methane hydrates a vast untapped resource with enormous potential.
Chris Smith is Deputy Assistant Secretary for oil and natural gas at the Energy Department. APRN’s Lori Townsend asked him to describe what methane hydrates are.
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