Department of Energy

Oil

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Oil is used for heating and transportation -- most notably, as fuel for gas-powered vehicles. America’s dependence on foreign oil has declined in recent years, but oil prices have increased.

The Energy Department supports research and policy options to increase our domestic supply of oil while ensuring environmentally sustainable supplies domestically and abroad, and is investing in research, technology and processes to make oil drilling cleaner and more efficient -- including enhanced oil recovery and improved offshore drilling practices.

Petroleum Reserves
Petroleum Reserves
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Enhanced Oil Recovery

Crude oil development and production in U.S. oil reservoirs can include up to three distinct phases: primary, secondary, and tertiary (or enhanced)...

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Offshore Drilling

The Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program, launched by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct...

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History of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve or SPR is an emergency stockpile of oil located in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. Learn more...

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10 Questions with Well-Bore Cement Researcher Dr. Barbara Kutchko

Barbara Kutchko, a researcher at the National Energy Technology Lab, tells us about how she got interested in science, the ways her research is...

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Office of Oil and Natural Gas
FE's Office of Oil & Natural Gas supports research and policy options to ensure domestic and global supplies of oil and natural gas.
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Let’s Try That Again: Selling the Teapot Dome Oil Field

The first time the Teapot Dome Oilfield was sold, it threw the Harding administration into scandal. Now -- 93 years later -- we're selling the...

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Quiz: Know Your Power Plants

Think you know where coal, solar and other power plants are located around the country? Test your knowledge with our power plants quiz!

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