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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Gas hydrates - Canada leads research towards a cleaner energy option for the future

Scott R. Dallimore, Geological Survey of Canada
Natural Resources Canada

Gas hydrates are a novel solid form of natural gas found at cold temperature and high pressure beneath permafrost and on coastal seafloors. Worldwide, gas hydrates represent a huge reservoir of natural gas, possibly containing more than twice the amount of energy found in all other remaining hydrocarbon sources including conventional natural gas, coal, oil and oil sands. Hydrates may also have played a critical role in past global climate change. Extraction will be challenging, but if suitable and safe technologies can be developed, gas hydrates could greatly increase Canadian and global energy reserves, and create a more environmentally friendly fuel industry.

Canadian scientists and engineers from government, academia and industry are global leaders in many areas of gas hydrate research. Scott Dallimore will present a snapshot of the rapidly evolving field, highlighting recent Arctic and marine field studies, including the world’s first experimental production from gas hydrates. The $30 million Mallik well project, which he leads, involves more than 150 scientists from 7 countries. The project received the 2003 Public Service Award of Excellence.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2004 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am

PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, OTTAWA

COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Parliamentary Press Gallery members. All others - $10.

PRE-REGISTRATION by Friday, February 6th is required.
Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator,
email:, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.