The multi-faceted issues associated with naturally occurring methane hydrates demand a coordinated approach to studying (1) the potential of this resource as a U.S. fossil energy source, and (2) the possible hazards of tapping the resource. The National Methane Hydrates R&D Act of 2000 requires the development of a national methane hydrate R&D program that utilizes the talents of federal, private, and academic organizations.
The brochure, “Interagency Coordination on Methane Hydrates R&D” [PDF-8.24MB] , describes a new type of federally funded, collaborative program in basic science and technology R&D. The goal is to efficiently use all of the resources at the Nation's disposal to maximize collaboration on hydrates R&D, avoid R&D duplication among member agencies, and ensure that no important questions are left unanswered. To help meet these, and other goals of the Methane Hydrate R&D Act, the Technical Coordination Team, which includes the BLM, DOE, DOI, BOEMRE (formerly MMS), NOAA, NRL, NSF, and USGS, has produced an "Interagency Roadmap for Methane Hydrate R&D." (PDF)