42 U.S. Code § 16295 - Oil and gas research programs
(a) In general
The Secretary shall conduct a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of oil and gas, including—
The objectives of this program shall include advancing the science and technology available to domestic petroleum producers, particularly independent operators, to minimize the economic dislocation caused by the decline of domestic supplies of oil and natural gas resources.
(c) Natural gas and oil deposits report
Not later than 2 years after August 8, 2005, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, shall submit to Congress a report on the latest estimates of natural gas and oil reserves, reserves growth, and undiscovered resources in Federal and State waters off the coast of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi.
(d) Integrated clean power and energy research
(1) Establishment of center
The Secretary shall establish a national center or consortium of excellence in clean energy and power generation, using the resources of the Clean Power and Energy Research Consortium in existence on August 8, 2005, to address the critical dependence of the United States on energy and the need to reduce emissions.
(2) Focus areas
The center or consortium shall conduct a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application on integrating the following 6 focus areas:
(E) Development of advanced materials technology for oil and gas exploration and use in harsh environments.