It is really hard for people to comprehend the role that methane has played in mass extinctions.
During transitional periods of increased tectonic movements and undersea volcanism, mass releases of methane have been documented as involved in the extinction of entire species and wiped out whole swaths of biological classifications. When ignited, methane releases have released more power than atomic weapons and flattened subcontinents.
I wish I was making this stuff up. I am just repeating it. It's hard to believe but fossils and soil strata don't lie. There are often traces of the methane trapped within the clay which reveal the concentration at the time.
The only thing that can really protect the ecosystem from methane releases is the miracle gas that sustains life, carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide replaces methane in hydrates over time and is harmless. Pray for higher concentrations of carbon dioxide everywhere. Smoke'em if you got'em. Do your part to save the planet. Try burning really toxic lawn furniture or rotting old newspapers every day to try to contribute to the total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Other than being crucial to agriculture, this appears to be one of the primary benefits of CO2 because it has no effect on warming whatsoever. I can't imagine a dumber course of action than to make a concerted effort to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. You are signing your own death warrant.