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NETL-Backed Field Testing Project Seeks to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Hydraulic Fracturing
Image of NETL logoWith a long record of success advancing hydraulic fracturing innovations, NETL teamed with Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Ill., to develop and execute a hydraulic fracturing test site program to answer questions, advance the understanding of the hydraulic fracturing processes to attain greater efficiencies, and improve environmental impacts

NETL Holds Workshop on Regional Workforce Development
Image of NETL logoRepresentatives from seven regional community and technical colleges and 25 regional economic development districts from four states converged on the NETL Morgantown site December 14 for the Laboratory’s second Regional Workforce Initiative (RWFI) Workshop.

Steven Winberg Sworn in by Secretary Perry as DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
Image of NETL logoOn December 14, 2017, Steven Winberg was ceremonially sworn in by Energy Secretary Rick Perry as the new Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Mr. Winberg was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary on November 22, 2017.

NETL-Supported Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory Improves Natural Gas Recovery Efficiency While Minimizing Environmental Implications
Image of NETL logoThe 104,000-square mile Marcellus natural gas trend—the largest source of natural gas in the United States—was once considered to have inconsequential natural gas potential until new technologies helped industry access an estimated 141 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. Because more research is required to more completely realize the rich potential of Marcellus Shale natural gas, NETL is helping discover safe and effective natural gas recovery innovations with its work on the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL).

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Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL Pursues a Bright Energy Future

Discovery, development and deployment of effective and safe technologies for the recovery of underground energy sources like oil, gas, and the emerging possibilities for gas hydrates in the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico are at the heart of NETL’s mission to conduct research for a prosperous American energy future. It’s a mission that has already produced successes, but is poised to create even more opportunities.


Dr. Barbara Kutchko SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2019 Lecture Season


Dr. Barbara Kutchko is being recognized on an international level as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2018-19 lecture season! Dr. Kutchko receives this recognition for her pioneering research on foamed cement, helping revolutionize wellbore safety.

NETL Representatives Attend Largest Space and Earth Science Meeting in the World


NETL and U.S. Department of Energy representatives are presenting at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall meeting in New Orleans.  The DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility will be exhibiting during the weeklong event. The AGU meeting features a mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a range of keynote lectures, an array of formal and informal networking opportunities, and scientific field trips around New Orleans