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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Detailed Description of Oil Shale Organic and Mineralogical Heterogeneity via Fourier Transform Infrared Microscopy

Outside Publication: Energy and Fuels
Mineralogical and geochemical information on reservoir and source rocks is necessary to assess and produce from petroleum systems. The standard methods in the petroleum industry for obtaining these properties are bulk measurements on homogenized, generally crushed, and pulverized rock samples and can take from hours to days to perform. 


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Preliminary interpretation of industry two-dimensional seismic data from Susitna Basin, south-central Alaska

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1138
Located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Anchorage, Alaska, the Susitna Basin is a complex sedimentary basin whose tectonic history has been poorly understood. Recent interpretation of two-dimensional seismic reflection data integrated with well, aeromagnetic, and gravity data provides new insights into the structural and stratigraphic nature of the basin.


Monday, August 03, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2014 annual report

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1091
This is the seventh report produced by the USGS for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) to detail annual activities conducted by the USGS for addressing specific management needs identified by WLCI partners.  


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Methodology for assessing quantities of water and proppant injection, and water production associated with development of continuous petroleum accumulations

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1117
The quantities of water and hydraulic fracturing proppant required for producing petroleum (oil, gas, and natural gas liquids) from continuous accumulations, and the quantities of water extracted during petroleum production, can be quantitatively assessed using a probabilistic approach.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Microscopical characterization of carbon materials derived from coal and petroleum and their interaction phenomena in making steel electrodes, anodes and cathode blocks

Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
This paper describes the evaluation of petrographic textures representing the structural organization of the organic matter derived from coal and petroleum and their interaction phenomena in the making of steel electrodes, anodes and cathode blocks. This work represents the results of...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Water Used for Hydraulic Fracturing Varies Widely Across United States

Press Release & Publication 
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new USGS study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Geology and Assessment of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources of Northeastern Mexico

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1112
The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, quantitatively assessed the potential for unconventional oil and gas resources within the onshore portions of the Tampico-Misantla Basin, Burgos Basin, and Sabinas Basin provinces of northeastern Mexico. 

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