Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 29, 2009

Kentucky environmental and energy lawyer Sanders says USGS finds large gas hydrate reserves in Gulf of Mexico.

According to an investigation headed by the U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”), the U.S. Gulf of Mexico contains very thick and concentrated gas-hydrate-bearing reservoir rocks which have the potential to produce gas using current technology. Gas hydrate, a substance comprised of natural gas and water, may be a significant new energy source to meet future energy needs.

The investigation team consisted of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USGS, U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) and a group of U.S. and international energy industry companies under the management of Chevron.  The team collected geologic data on gas-hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.  

The team of researchers was supported during its investigation work by AOA Geophysics, the Borehole Research Group at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Schlumberger, and the crew of the Helix Q4000 drilling vessel. Go to USGS Energy Resources web site for more information.

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