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September 15, 2014
NETL Gas Migration Study to Advance Understanding of Responsible Oil and Natural Gas Development

President Obama’s “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy focuses on safely and efficiently developing America’s natural resources, and emphasizes that energy must be produced in a responsible and sustainable manner. Today, a study released by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory provides further clarity on responsible development that both furthers America’s energy security and environmental stewardship. It does not speak broadly to all cases of hydraulic fracturing, and is a limited study focused around specific wells in Pennsylvania.

September 12, 2014
FE-Funded Study Released on Key Factors Affecting China Shale Gas Development

As many people know, over the past decade the United States has experienced a shale gas revolution that has beneficially transformed its energy landscape. In witnessing this transformation, other nations with significant shale resources are understandably interested in pursuing the responsible development of their domestic reserves, and achieving for their people accompanying economic, energy security and environmental benefits.

September 8, 2014
DOE Launches Natural Gas Infrastructure R&D Program Enhancing Pipeline and Distribution System Operational Efficiency, Reducing Methane Emissions

Following the White House and the Department of Energy Capstone Methane Stakeholder Roundtable on July 29th, DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. Through common-sense standards, smart investments, and innovative research, DOE seeks to advance the state of the art in natural gas system performance. DOE’s effort is part of the larger Administration’s Climate Action Plan Interagency Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

September 5, 2014
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman (sixth from left) joins in the groundbreaking of the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Petra Nova Project Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project

The Houston-area Petra Nova project is designed to capture 1.4 million tons of CO2 per year -- making it the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility.

August 15, 2014
A tanker carries liquified natural gas (LNG) off the coast of Homer, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
An Update on Proposed Changes to the Energy Department's LNG Export Decision-Making Procedures

After receiving numerous comments about a proposed procedural change to the Energy Department's liquified natural gas export decision-making process, the Department is finalizing its decision to implement the change.

August 5, 2014
FE's Christopher Smith spoke recently during the Africa Leaders’ Visit: Energy event in Houston.  During the three-day event organized by the U.S. Trade Development Agency, Smith met with African energy leaders to discuss U.S.-African collaboration on energy development and utilization in African countries.  
<i>Photo courtesy of the U. S. Trade Development Agency.</i>
FE Leaders Discuss African Energy Development

As part of this new engagement with Africa, the Department of Energy has been working with African leaders to pursue ways to sustainably develop African energy resources. In June, Secretary Ernest Moniz and the Office of Fossil Energy’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith attended a U.S.-Africa energy ministerial meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That meeting set the stage for ongoing collaboration between DOE and African energy leaders.

July 30, 2014
The 15,000 square-foot sustainably designed National Sequestration Education Center, located at Richland Community College in Illinois, offers the nation’s first associate degree programs in carbon capture, utilization and storage.  The Center also provides community and regional outreach on CCS through its state-of-the-art interactive visitor’s center. The NSEC is part of a larger Department of Energy-sponsored Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage project. 
Photo courtesy of Richland Community College.
DOE-Sponsored Education Center Hosts International Meeting on CCS

The National Sequestration Education Center kicked off a global workshop on carbon capture and storage in Decatur, Illinois. The two-day “International Workshop on Public Education, Training and Community Outreach for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage,” which is sponsored in part by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, will feature cutting edge tools and techniques for public education, training and outreach on CCS.

July 23, 2014
The DOE team joins their Norwegian counterparts on a a tour of the <a href= "">CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad project</a> – the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. Located just north of Bergen, this project includes a facility to test two kinds of advanced CO2 capture technologies on two different sources of carbon dioxide in the same location.  The goal of the project is to reduce the cost, as well as the technical, environmental, and financial risks related to large-scale CO2 capture – critical hurdles to commercial deployment of CCS.
U.S.-Norway Conference Focuses on Advancing Carbon Capture and Storage

The U.S. and Norway have a strong relationship that goes back nearly 100 years. We’ve been partners in a number of critical areas – from defense to the development of safe and secure energy sources. And our relationship is particularly strong when it comes to fossil energy. That close collaboration was recently on display during the 10th annual U.S.-Norway Bilateral Meeting on Fossil Energy, held in Bergen, Norway. Hosted by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the meeting focused on carbon capture and storage – the process of capturing and storing

July 8, 2014
DOE in Final Months of NPR-3, RMOTC Sale

DOE is in the final months of activities related to selling resources, equipment and facilities at the government’s only operating oilfield, Naval Petroleum Reserve-3, including the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center.

June 27, 2014
An aerial view of Air Products’ steam methane reforming facility at Port Arthur, Texas. | Photo courtesy of Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Energy Department Sponsored Project Captures One Millionth Metric Ton of CO2

An Energy Department-funded project captured its millionth metric ton of carbon dioxide in Port Arthur, Texas.