In 1982, the U.S. launched a research and development (R&D) program dedicated to the study of naturally occurring methane hydrate. Over the next several decades, the federal government devoted resources to the R&D of methane hydrate production. Most significantly, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized $155 million over five years to support methane hydrate R&D.
The conservative estimation of producible natural gas from methane hydrate is 200,000 Tcf. APGA believes this resource must be researched and commercially produced. If this estimate is valid and if methane hydrates can be produced commercially, then an already robust natural gas supply picture will be strengthened.
To make commercial production of methane hydrate a reality, the federal government must take the lead in funding methane hydrate R&D and continue to partner with the private sector to make methane hydrate production commercially viable.
APGA has authored several letters-to-the-editor promoting methane hydrates, educated members of Congress on the importance of methane hydrate, and continues to work with the administration to promote methane hydrate research.