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Energy Law Research Guide

This guide is intended as a starting point for research on energy law, especially the transportation, distribution, and sale of energy and energy-related natural resources in interstate commerce. Both primary and secondary materials in print and electroni

Department of Energy Resources

DOE regulations are published in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.). Sources of DOE decisions, regulations, and guidance documents include:

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) was created by and receives its regulatory authority from the Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, 42 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. The DOE is made up of several smaller divisions and agencies, including (but not limited to):

The Energy Information Administration (gathers and analyzes energy statistics)

The National Nuclear Security Administration (maintains the safety and reliability of the United States Nuclear stockpile)

The Office of Policy and International Affairs (serves as the primary policy advisor on domestic and international policy to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary of Energy)

The Power Marketing Administrations (market excess power produced at federal water projects)


Code of Federal Regulations (1938-), KF70 .A3.

Energy Management and Federal Energy Guidelines. Looseleaf service covering primarily oil and gas regulation. Includes the full-text of statutes, as well as Department of Energy regulations and decisions. Coverage: 1973-; library cancelled in 2005.
Print only: KF2120.A6 C64 1973

Free Web:


DOE Web Site (current, proposed, and archived (i.e., cancelled or expired) directives)


CFR on FDsys (1996-; no more up-to-date than the print, but provides historical regulations when needed)

e-CFR (current regulations only)

Federal Register on FDsys (1994-; proposed and final rule notices; preambles)


Code of Federal Regulations (1938-)

Federal Register (1936-)


Code of Federal Regulations. See Title 10.

Federal Register. Can search all of the code, or select a specific year to search within.

Bloomberg Law:

Code of Federal Regulations - Title 10

Federal Register


Code of Federal Regulations - Title 10

Federal Register

Using Google

The Google site command is a very effective way to search through specific websites, or through specific domains (.gov, .org, etc).  In fact, using the Google site search is usually the easiest way by which to find information on federal and state government websites. 

It's a very simple search technique using the "site" command, as shown below. 

This search will look for the terms "fracking" and "oklahoma" within the Department of Interior website.