About the Subcommittee

In January 2011, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) created a Natural Gas Subcommittee to evaluate what role natural gas might play in the clean energy economy of the future. 


On March 30, 2011, President Obama announced a plan for U.S. energy security in which he instructed the Secretary of Energy to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states, and environmental experts to improve the safety of shale gas development. As a result, Energy Secretary Steven Chu charged the Natural Gas Subcommittee with providing the SEAB with recommendations as to actions that can be taken to improve the safety and environmental performance of shale gas extraction processes, and other steps to ensure protection of public health and safety.

Links for More Information

Energy Secretary Steven Chu's May 5, 2011 Memo to SEAB
Members of the Subcommittee
President's "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future"
What is Shale Gas and Why is it Important? (from the U.S. Energy Information Administration)