The National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) State Cooperatives project supports a publicly available database of coal knowledge that encompasses the entire United States. State-level partnering for coal resource assessment and fundamental research of energy-bearing strata improves the ability of Federal, State and local planners to make optimum policy decisions in the areas of energy development, energy utilization, and land use. For example, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology are engaged in a collaborative study to characterize the organic composition and thermal maturity of Upper Paleozoic coal-bearing strata from the Eastern Shelf of the Midland basin and from the Fort Worth basin, north-central Texas (USGS Open-File Report 2007-1312).
The USGS maintains cooperative agreements with 25 State geological agencies [PDF document] located in the 22 coal producing States (Click here to view a map containing each partner’s website). State agency geologists collect, evaluate, and correlate drill hole, mine, and outcrop data that are stored in the USGS NCRDS stratigraphic database. Cooperators also collect samples for geochemical, petrographic, and other analyses (CoalQual data), including coalbed methane (CBM). The stratigraphic, quality, Geographic Information System and other energy related data submitted by States through the cooperative projects provide support to numerous USGS and State coal energy research activities. Public requests for drill hole stratigraphic information from the national coal database are also served through this project. New five year State cooperative agreements began in 2010. (Click here to view a list of project titles and other information about the projects.)
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