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Natural gas is an abundant resource across the United States, and new discoveries and extraction methods have led to a dramatic rise in shale gas development -- making America the world’s leading natural gas producer.

As part of a comprehensive all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department is committed to safe development of America’s natural gas resources. Among our efforts, we invest in innovative research projects, explore ways to develop natural gas from methane hydrates and support deployment of natural gas-powered alternative fuel vehicles, which are ideal for high-mileage, centrally fueled fleets that operate within a limited area.

Office of Fossil Energy
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Shale Gas 101

America’s reserves of natural gas and oil contained in shale formations are an important part of a balanced and sustainable national energy strategy.

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Liquefied Natural Gas

Natural gas plays a vital role in the U.S. energy supply and in achieving the nation's economic and environmental goals. One of several supply...

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Methane Hydrate

Methane hydrate is a cage-like lattice of ice inside of which are trapped molecules of methane,  the chief constituent of natural gas. If methane...

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LNG Regulation
Office of Regulation and International Engagement - Division of Natural Gas Regulation
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Updates on the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety – Working with Stakeholders

In April we announced the formation of a new Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety to look at how we can better ensure the safe...

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Frozen Heat: Exploring the Potential of Natural Gas Hydrates

One potential source of fossil energy could exceed the energy content of all other known fossil fuels combined—and that’s natural gas hydrate.

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Natural Gas: Lifting Mileage Higher and Higher

A new Energy Department brochure compares the energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and ranges of the three proposed natural gas passenger...

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ARPA-E Q&A: Transforming How We Get Our Fuel

ARPA-E is exploring ways to use microorganisms to convert natural gas into liquid fuel. Learn what this means for transportation in the U.S.

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Underground CO2 Storage, Natural Gas Recovery Targeted by Virginia Tech/NETL Research

Researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) have teamed with the National Energy Technology Laboratory...

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National Energy Technology Laboratory
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