“(2) undertake programs to develop basic information necessary for promoting long-term interest in methane hydrate resources as an energy source;

“(3) ensure that the data and information developed through the program are accessible and widely disseminated as needed and appropriate;

“(4) promote cooperation among agencies that are developing technologies that may hold promise for methane hydrate resource development;

“(5) report annually to Congress on the results of actions taken to carry out this Act; and

“(6) ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, greater participation by the Department of Energy in international cooperative efforts.


“(a) AGREEMENT FOR STUDY.—The Secretary shall offer to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council under which the National Research Council shall—

“(1) conduct a study of the progress made under the methane hydrate research and development program implemented under this Act; and

“(2) make recommendations for future methane hydrate research and development needs.

“(b) REPORT.—Not later than September 30, 2009, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report containing the findings and recommendations of the National Research Council under this section.


“The Secretary shall provide to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate copies of any report or study that the Department of Energy prepares at the direction of any committee of Congress relating

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