About Natural Gas
Natural gas is a naturally occurring mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock. It is a colorless, odorless fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane.
Nearly all of the natural gas used in America is domestically produced, with new supply sources and technology advancements ensuring that the fuel will remain plentiful for many decades to come.
Natural gas also is one of our nation’s most efficient and affordable end-use fuels, used extensively in residential, commercial and industrial applications. It is the dominant energy used for home heating with about 51 percent of American homes using natural gas. The use of natural gas also is increasing in electric power generation and as a transportation fuel.
From an environmental standpoint, natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, producing primarily carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxides. Natural gas supplies nearly one-fourth of all the energy used in the U.S.