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April 23, 2013
Dr. John Howard (right), Director of NIOSH and Dr. Anthony Cugini (left), Director of NETL announced the establishment of a research partnership to evaluate the environmental impacts of shale gas drilling.
Interagency Collaboration to Address Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling

A memorandum of understanding to perform collaborative research related to airborne emissions and air quality at natural gas drilling sites has been signed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

April 18, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing Data Collection Tools Improve Environmental Reporting, Monitoring, Protection

Two data collection tools specifically developed for hydraulic fracturing are available to help regulatory agencies monitor drilling and completion operations and enhance environmental protection.

April 16, 2013
Acting ASFE, Christopher Smith, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Dan Sullivan, sign an MOU at the LNG 17 Global Conference in Houston, Texas, pledging to work together in the effort to get more of Alaska's fossil fuels into the energy stream. Photo courtesy of LNG 17.
DOE Accord Seeks Accelerated Development of Alaska's Vast Unconventional Energy Resources

Development of potentially vast and important unconventional energy resources in Alaska – including viscous oil and methane hydrates – could be accelerated under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.

April 10, 2013
President Requests $638.0 Million for Fossil Energy Programs

President Obama’s FY 2014 budget seeks $638.0 million for the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) to advance technologies related to the reliable, efficient, affordable and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels as well as manage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to provide strategic and economic security against disruptions in U.S. oil supplies.

April 9, 2013
Innovative Technology Improves Upgrading Process for Unconventional Oil Resources

An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project.

March 12, 2013
Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration 2013 Now Accepting Applications

Graduate students and early career professionals can gain hands-on field research experience in areas related to carbon capture and storage by participating in the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration program.

March 11, 2013
DOE participated in gas hydrate field production trials in early 2012 in partnership with ConocoPhillips and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp at the Iġnik Sikumi (Inupiat for “Fire in the Ice”) test well, shown here, on the north slope of Alaska. Datasets from that field trial are now available to the public.
Data from Innovative Methane Hydrate Test on Alaska's North Slope Now Available on NETL Website

Data from an innovative test conducted last year that used CO2 and N2 injection to release natural gas from methane hydrates at a well on the Alaska North Slope is now available to researchers and the public.

March 6, 2013
Monitoring equipment and part of the snowfence peek out of the snow drift.
Alaskan Ice Road Water Supplies Augmented by Snow Barriers

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have demonstrated that the use of artificial barriers—snow fences—can significantly increase the amount of fresh water supplies in Arctic lakes at a fraction of the cost of bringing in water from nearby lakes.

March 5, 2013
NETL Earns Carnegie Science Awards for Advanced Materials, Corporate Innovation

For its leadership and innovation in science and technology, the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has earned two Carnegie Science Awards from the Carnegie Science Center.

February 4, 2013
Carbon Capture and Storage FutureGen 2.0 Project Moves Forward Into Second Phase

Near-Zero Emissions Coal-Fueled Power Plant to Demonstrate Commercial Scale Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies