Natural Gas Production

Between 80%–90% of the natural gas used in the United States is domestically produced. Natural gas is primarily made up of methane, with low concentrations of other hydrocarbons, water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, and some sulfur compounds.

Conventional Natural Gas Production 

Natural gas is primarily extracted from gas and oil wells. Gas trapped in subsurface porous rock reservoirs is extracted via drilling. Additionally, advances in hydraulic fracturing technologies have enabled access to large volumes of natural gas from shale formations.

Renewable Natural Gas Production 

Chemically identical to conventional natural gas, renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane, is produced from decaying organic materials.

Like conventional natural gas, RNG can be compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) for use in vehicles. Learn more about CNG and LNG.