An Energy Coup for Japan: ‘Flammable Ice’ The New York Times, Hiroko Tabuchi http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/business/global/japan-says-it-is-first-to-tap-methane-hydrate-deposit.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130313
[Excerpted] TOKYO — Japan said Tuesday that it had extracted gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate — sometimes called “flammable ice” — a breakthrough that officials and experts said could be a step toward tapping a promising but still little-understood energy source.
The gas, whose extraction from the undersea hydrate reservoir was thought to be a world first, could provide an alternative source of energy to known oil and gas reserves. That could be crucial especially for Japan, which is the world’s biggest importer of liquefied natural gas and is engaged in a public debate about whether to resume the country’s heavy reliance on nuclear power... [end]
Majia here: I know nothing of the ramifications and environmental consequences of this technology. I found the article interesting but I have no informed opinion. I do wonder whether there are earthquake risks for drilling for methane gasses?