Department of Energy

Natural Gas

You are here

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
Homepage for the Office of Fossil Energy
View More
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.

View More
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Information on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
View More
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...

View More

Learn More

LNG Regulation
Office of Regulation and International Engagement - Division of Natural Gas Regulation
Learn More
Updates on the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety – Working with Stakeholders
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action to reduce stress on Southern California’s electric grid
Learn More
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.

Learn More
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...

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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...

Learn More
National Energy Technology Laboratory
About National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Learn More