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Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

The Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee was created in response to provisions of the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000 and reauthorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The Committee is to advise the Secretary of Energy on potential applications of methane hydrate; assist in developing recommendations and priorities for the methane hydrate research and development program; and submit to Congress one or more reports on an assessment of the research program and an assessment of the DOE 5-year research plan.

The Committee's charter stipulates that up to 15 members can be appointed by the Secretary of Energy, representing institutions of higher education, industrial enterprises and oceanographic institutions and state agencies.

The Committee is required by P.L. 109-58 to meet biennially. The Energy Department's Office of Fossil Energy is responsible for providing financial and administrative support to the Committee.

Current Membership

Dr. Thomas Blasingame
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Mr. Richard Charter
The Ocean Foundation
Bodega Bay, CA

Dr. Mary Feeley
ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Houston, TX

Dr. Peter Flemings
Bureau of Economic Geology
University of TX at Austin
Austin, TX

Dr. David Goldberg
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Palisades, NY

Dr. Miriam Kastner
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
La Jolla, CA

Dr. Carolyn Koh
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Dr. Craig Shipp
Shell International E&P Inc.
Houston, TX

Mr. Robert Swenson
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. Mark Dyers
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. Michael Max
Hydrate Energy International, Inc.
Washington, DC

Dr. Sarah Forbes
World Resources Institute
Washington, DC

Dr. Robert Harris
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Dr. Matthew Hornbach
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Dr. George Moridis
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Berkeley, CA

Recent Documents

March 27-28, 2014 Advisory Committee Meeting

July 16, 2013 Advisory Committee Meeting

June 6th - 7th, 2013 Advisory Committee Meeting

July 26, 2012 Advisory Committee Meeting

Documents from Previous Meetings

Methane Hydrate Charter