(a) AuthorizationThe Secretary of Energy shall support programs of research, development, commercial application, and conservation (including the programs described in subsection (b))—
to expand the domestic production of low-Btu gas and helium resources;
to reduce the venting of helium and helium-bearing low-Btu gas during natural gas exploration and production.
(1) Membrane technology research
The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with other appropriate agencies, shall support a civilian research program to develop advanced membrane technology that is used in the separation of low-Btu gases, including technologies that remove helium and other constituent gases that lower the Btu content of natural gas.
(2) Helium separation technologyThe Secretary of Energy shall support a research program to develop technologies for separating, gathering, and processing helium in low concentrations that occur naturally in geological reservoirs or formations, including—
low-Btu gas production streams; and
(3) Industrial helium programThe Secretary of Energy, working through the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy, shall carry out a research program—
to develop low-cost technologies and technology systems for recycling, reprocessing, and reusing helium for all medical, scientific, industrial, commercial, aerospace, and other uses of helium in the United States, including Federal uses; and
(c) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,000,000.
(Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 426, § 17, as added Pub. L. 113–40, § 6(3), Oct. 2, 2013, 127 Stat. 542.)