Zoey Walden is an environmental researcher with the Canadian Energy Research Institute. She holds a BSc from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Environmental Studies from Queen’s University focusing on metal(loid) sources within households. Ms. Walden previously worked for CERI in the summer of 2008 updating course slides, and including a natural gas liquids component to their course selection. In 2011 Ms. Walden joined CERI focusing on the environmental aspects of the research CERI undertakes. Since joining, Ms. Walden has been involved in numerous projects covering various areas of the oil and gas sector with the most recent report covering global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets.

It is often called “fire ice”:  Around the world, cage-like lattices of water molecules trap untold stores of methane gas.  Petroleum engineers have been familiar with these frozen compounds—properly known as methane hydrates—for years, because they block the flow of oil in pipelines. The effects of methane hydrates were highlighted in 2010, when British Petroleum’s…