New energy supply? Alaska's frozen methane hydrate

11/11/2012 | Washington Post, The

The Energy Department and industry partners have extracted methane hydrate from a well on Alaska's North Slope and produced 1 million cubic feet of methane. Methane hydrate "looks like ice but burns like a candle if a match warms its molecules," and has potential to be a future energy source. The researchers used existing drilling techniques and were able to remove the substance without melting the ice structure it was trapped in.

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