Energy Resources Program
Press Releases, Technical Announcements, Publications, Field Reports, and Science Highlights.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Outside Publication: Energy and Fuels
Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxometry has been used to provide insight into shale composition by separating relaxation responses from the various hydrogen-bearing phases present in shales in a noninvasive way.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
USGS Publication: FS 2015-3016
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 222 million barrels of unconventional oil; 2,092 billion cubic feet of unconventional gas; 18 million barrels of conventional oil; and 47 billion cubic feet of conventional gas resources in the Paris Basin of France.
Friday, April 10, 2015
USGS Publication: Circular 1407
Water availability and use are closely connected with energy development and use. Water cannot be delivered to homes, businesses, and industries without energy, and most forms of energy development require large amounts of water. The United States faces two significant and sometimes competing challenges...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012-1024-K
Chapter K - The U.S. Geological Survey has completed an assessment of the potential geologic carbon dioxide storage resource in the onshore areas of the United States. To provide geological context and input data sources for the resources numbers, framework documents are being prepared for all areas that were investigated as part of the national assessment...
Monday, April 06, 2015
USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2015-3015
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources of 282 million barrels of conventional oil, 576 billion cubic feet of conventional gas, 1.3 billion barrels of continuous oil, and 4.6 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the Baltic Depression Province.
Outside Publication: AAPG Bulletin
The Upper Devonian Three Forks and Upper Devonian to Lower Mississippian Bakken Formations comprise a major United States continuous oil resource. Current exploitation of oil is from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of the Middle Member of the Bakken and upper Three Forks, with ongoing exploration of the lower Three Forks, and the Upper, Lower, and Pronghorn Members of the Bakken Formation.
Outside Publication: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Carbon dioxide (CO2) retention is the fraction of the injected volume trapped in the subsurface as a result of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). CO2 retention is determined by multiple factors acting generally in combinations varying according to the geology of the reservoir and the implementation of the recovery...
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