Fossil Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas works to maximize the value of U.S. oil and gas resources to the public and ensure responsible development and delivery through policy, research, innovation, and outreach.
Oil and Gas Research and Development
Upstream: Onshore - Technological advances, many of which were supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), enabled the widespread production of natural gas and oil contained in shale formations, and have made the United States the world’s largest producer of both crude oil and natural gas. Today, DOE’s onshore research portfolio focuses on developing basin-specific technologies to maximize resource recovery and prudent environmental stewardship, accelerating the potential of emerging and untapped oil and gas resources, and treatment of produced water for reuse.
Upstream: Offshore - Page Under Construction
Gas Hydrate R&D. – Gas hydrates, the methane molecules trapped in ice-like structures, are potentially the most plentiful supplies of natural gas throughout the world. DOE's research is helping to unlock the mysteries of hydrates and develop future ways to tap their massive energy potential.
Natural Gas Infrastructure - Page Under Construction
Natural Gas/LNG Regulatory Activities
Natural Gas Regulation - The Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Office of Regulation, Analysis and Engagement regulates natural gas imports and exports under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act of 1938; maintains statistics on North American natural gas trade; and oversees FE's international programs pertaining to natural gas and petroleum.
About Liquefied Natural Gas – The United States has become one of the world’s top exporters of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state for shipping in containers and special tankers to places pipelines do not reach. Page under construction.
Engagement with International Partners
Fossil Energy’s Oil and Natural Gas Office actively participates in several global partnerships and initiatives:
U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum: The Office of Fossil Energy and China’s National Energy Administration have held the annual U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum since 1998. The Forum is a public-private partnership involving government and industry representatives from the United States and China and focuses on the development of secure, reliable, and economic sources of oil and natural gas while facilitating investment in the energy industry.
U.S.-India Gas Task Force (GTF): The Office of Fossil Energy and India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are the lead government agencies for the U.S.-India Gas Task Force (GTF), an industry-focused forum that identifies innovative policy reforms to support India’s ambitions to transition to a natural gas economy, as well as lower market barriers in India for U.S. natural gas and related technologies. The GTF is an initiative under the U.S-India Strategic Energy Partnership launched in April 2018.
Engagement to Promote Natural Gas Development in Africa: The Office of Fossil Energy works with DOE's International Affairs Office (IA), other U.S. government agencies, and stakeholders to promote gas development in Africa to ensure global energy security and open new energy markets. The focus is on capacity building in this sector for decision-makers, potential businesses, and the facilitation of LNG development.
Understanding Natural Gas & LNG Options Handbook – This comprehensive handbook serves a resource for African countries that are developing, or considering developing, natural gas and associated industries. It was prepared by the Office of Fossil Energy and IA with assistance from the U.S. Energy Association and funding from USAID/Power Africa.
Oil and Gas News
FE Press Releases and Techlines
Other Oil and Gas Links
- Oil and Natural Gas Research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) – NETL conducts foundational research to improve the production, processing, transportation, and storage of U.S. oil and natural gas resources.
- NETL Offshore Research Portfolio
- NETL Unconventional Resources Research Portfolio
- The Risk-Based Data Management System. RBDMS is a suite of integrated, electronic data management tools that assist state regulatory agencies in the oversight of oil and natural gas drilling and production operations.
- FracFocus. FracFocus is a national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry, administered by the Groundwater Protection Council, with support from DOE.
- Crude Oil Characterization Study Report to Congress - A report that summarizes the Crude Oil Characterization Research Study administered by the DOE & PHMSA.