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May 17, 2013
Energy Department Authorizes Second Proposed Facility to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas Authorized to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries

May 14, 2013
USGS technicians Eric Moore and Jenny White deploy instruments at the start of a seismic survey to explore gas hydrates in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico from April to May 2013 | Photo courtesy of USGS
Expedition Provides New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico

A joint-federal-agency 15 day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico yielded innovative high-resolution seismic data and imagery that will help refine characterizations of large methane hydrate resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

May 10, 2013
Breakthrough Industrial Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Project Begins Full-Scale Operations

Captured Carbon from Industrial Plant to be Used for Enhanced Oil Recovery

April 30, 2013
Regional Partnership Documentary Wins "Best of Show" Aurora Award

A documentary co-produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting and the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership with support from the U.S. Department of Energy has received a 2012 Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award—the highest honor awarded—in the nature/environment documentary category.

April 23, 2013
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.