Learn About the Industry

The oil and natural gas industry is one of the world’s largest sectors. Learn about the business, its procedures, possible energy solutions and more through these accredited online resources.

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There are many ways petroleum shapes the world we live in, from powering factories to keeping transportation going, and we are consuming it in increasingly vast quantities.

What is oil used for? »
American Petroleum Institute »



Natural Gas

Not to be confused with gasoline, natural gas is a clean, North American resource that is extracted from deep shale formations through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies. The U.S. has more than a 100-year supply, which could help reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil.

What is natural gas used for? »



Environmental Protection

Exploration and production companies adhere to strict local, state and federal regulations in their operations to preserve and protect air, land and water quality.

Groundwater Protection Council »



Industry Resources

Barnett Shale Energy Education Council »
Gas drilling and production in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas

Energy in Depth »
Fact sheets, videos, charts, graphs and research

Fuel Fix »
Daily energy news and analysis

FracFocus »
National hydraulic fracturing chemical registry

E&P Magazine »
Leading exploration and production publication

Oil & Gas Journal »
Weekly petroleum industry publication

Permian Basin Petroleum Association »
Largest regional oil and gas association in the U.S.

PennWell »
Oil and gas news

Rig Zone »
Industry news and information, careers, company directory, offshore rig data, equipment marketplace and more

South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) »
Organization founded by operators to connect the industry with South Texas communities

U.S. Energy Information Administration »
Independent and impartial energy information