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  • Main Title Gas Hydrates: Resource and Hazard


  • Author: Folger, Peter
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Resources, Science, and Industry Division


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2008-11-26


  • English


  • Content Description: Solid gas hydrates are a potentially huge resource of natural gas for the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there are about 85 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of technically recoverable gas hydrates in northern Alaska. Gas hydrates are both a potential resource and a risk, representing a significant hazard to conventional oil and gas drilling and production operations. This report addresses the issue of cost and method of recovering potential gas hydrates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using gas hydrates as a potential energy source. Included is information on the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Energy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Gas
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Natural gas
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Natural gas reserves
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Gas in submerged lands
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Offshore structures
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Marine resources
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Methane
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Science policy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Research and development legislation


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RS22990
  • Accession or Local Control No: RS22990_2008Nov26
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metacrs10827