Important Problems for Methane Hydrate Commercialization

Important Problems for Methane Hydrate Commercialization

There are many, many interesting problems associated with understanding methane hydrates. From a world view, however, the most important problems are those that deal directly with extracting large quantities of methane safely and cheaply from the frozen hydrate. If this cannot be done, the promise of enormous energy from methane hydrate remains an elusive rainbow.…

Army Taught Basic Lessons

Army Taught Basic Lessons

Exactly 50 years ago I was mustered out of the U.S. Army, completing my tour of overseas duty in the Philippines and Korea. I returned to graduate school a profoundly changed person. I had greatly disliked the Army and was scornful of any future usefulness from my Army experience. Now, looking backwards … perhaps I…

If the Data Doesn’t Fit, You Must Admit (It)

If the Data Doesn’t Fit, You Must Admit (It)

From, “Studies on Origin of Petroleum; Occurrence of Hydrocarbons in Recent Sediments,” by P.V. Smith, Esso, “…It seems plausible to suggest that petroleum is being formed in the present era and that the crude product is nature’s composite of the hydrocarbon remains of many forms of marine life.” This was a very thorough piece of…

Separating Truth From Nonsense

Separating Truth From Nonsense

Some of the great papers of 1953 were little recognized for their exceptional quality; conversely, many weak papers were readily accepted and sponsored by intelligent contemporaries. How could this happen? If intelligence is a measure of how quickly we can learn, wisdom is our ability to separate truth from half-truth and nonsense. We can do…

Downey, Kumar Take Message to Congress

Downey, Kumar Take Message to Congress

As worldwide energy woes compounded, AAPG twice provided invited testimony before Congress in March, with AAPG President Marlan W. Downey telling the U.S. House Resources Committee the United States has an ample supply of natural gas — provided lawmakers take action positive for exploration. Also testifying later in the month was Naresh Kumar, vice chair…