Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program

Natural gas and crude oil provide two-thirds of our Nation’s primary energy supply and will continue to do so for at least the next several decades as the Nation transitions to a more sustainable energy future. The natural gas resources estimated to exist within the United States have expanded significantly, but because this resource is increasingly harder to locate and produce, new technologies are required to extract it.

Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the National Energy Technology Laboratory was charged with developing a complementary research program supportive of improving safety and minimizing the environmental impacts of activities related to unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production technology (EPAct 2005, Sec. 999A). This area aligns with the recommendations put forward in the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Federal Research Report on Shale Gas, and efforts amongst Federal agencies to coordinate unconventional oil and gas research (unconventional.energy.gov).

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 Section 999 Complementary R&D Program was performed by NETL’s Research & Innovation Center (RIC), and is continuing through research support from NETL's Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil. In the area of unconventional energy resources, research is focused on developing a predictive capability to interpret how the engineered-natural systems that are developed to extract unconventional energy resources behave under various scenarios.

 

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Federal Multiagency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research identifies key research questions that the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use to guide research on the safe and prudent development of onshore shale gas, tight gas, shale oil, and tight oil resources

Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted to ensure jobs for our future with secure, affordable, and reliable energy

Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil coordinates and implements NETL's hydrocarbon related R&D in support of safe, reliable, and enduring access to domestic natural gas and oil

Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America is a non-profit corporation established to help meet the nation's growing need for hydrocarbon resources produced from reservoirs in America

UCR Program Factsheet UCR is conducting research supportive of improving safety and minimizing the environmental impacts of activities related to unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production technology

NETL Complementary Research Program FY 2013 Portfolio summarizes research to be conducted under the two research efforts:ultra-deepwater and unconventional oil and gas resources

Shale Gas: Applying Technology to Solve America’s Energy Challenges NETL is helping to advance the technology that is making shale gas production possible