Helium reserves might be greater than previous believed

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A new study suggests there are large untapped helium reserves under western North America.

The caveat is that they have not actually detected these reserves. Using proxies and based on their theories of how helium gets transported through the Earth, they now suspect that there is simply more underground than previous estimated.



  • hondo

    If its under federal lands, the gov’t will find a way to block development or even exploration. I can easily imagine some gov’t official attempting to describe Helium as a non-renewable fossil fuel/resource or greenhouse gas. I laugh, but we are dealing with the hydrogen dioxide crowd.

  • Phill O

    dihydrogen monoxide?

  • hondo

    Wow! Sorry Phill O. It was a rushed comment I didn’t proof – boy! Did I screw up!

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