WASHINGTON - Successful tests with a new technology funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) have allowed geologists to "see" through thousands of feet of rock to find and tap pockets of oil, according to the department. Known as "cross-well electromagnetic imaging," the technology penetrates rocks between oil wells with long, slow electromagnetic waves.

"This technology will increase oil production from existing reservoirs and could be a valuable tool in locating new reservoirs," said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. "If the technology proves successful, this could help reduce our dependence on foreign oil imports and improve our nation's energy security."

- Compiled by B. Checket-Hanks

Publication date: 07/12/2004