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 and Carbon Management is responsible for providing financial and administrative support to the Committee.


Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

Dr. Thomas Blasingame

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Dr. Matthew J. Hornbach

Southern Methodist University


Dr. Mun-Hong (Robin) Hui


San Ramon, CA

Dr. Dilhan Ilk

DeGolyer and MacNaughton

Dallas, TX

Dr. Joel E. Johnson

University of New Hampshire    

Durham, NH

Dr. Miriam Kastner

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

San Diego, CA

Dr. Carolyn Koh

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

 Dr. David L. LePain

Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys

Fairbanks, AK

Dr. John Thurmond

Hess Corporation

Houston TX 

Mr. Daniel R. McConnell


Houston, TX

Dr. George J. Moridis

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, CA

Dr. Mark D. Myers


Anchorage, AK

Dr. Craig Shipp


Steuben, ME

Dr. Evan A. Solomon

University of Washington      

Seattle, WA



Related Documents

Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee Meetings
Methane Hydrate Charter
Methane Hydrate Program Reports