Consortium for Ocean Leadership Tapped To Support Four-Year Methane Hydrate Project
(Click to enlarge) Found near the ocean floor and beneath Arctic permafrost, methane hydrate is an icy substance that burns when lit and holds vast amounts of potential energy. Image: USGSFound near the ocean floor and beneath Arctic permafrost, methane hydrate is an icy substance that burns when lit and holds vast amounts of potential energy. (Image: USGS)
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will actively participate in the planning and execution of a state of the art deepwater drilling program targeting gas hydrate reservoirs on the US continental margin.
The DC-based nonprofit organization will help to identify potential drill sites, perform site appraisal, and prioritize sites for drilling. Ocean Leadership will support drilling expeditions through the development of drilling, coring and well-logging plans as well as supporting permitting and environmental compliance activities. The organization will also play an active role in securing equipment and facilities, including vessels. Finally, Ocean Leadership will manage the contracting of science parties and post-expedition analysis, making initial scientific results publicly available.
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